Browns, Garcia Part Ways

Butch Davis' right-hand man to leave the team...

Pete Garcia couldn't help but see how irrelevant Dwight Clark became when a new regime took over the Browns in 2001. He was part of that new regime as Butch Davis' right-hand man.

Now with Davis gone, Garcia and the Browns have mutually agreed to part ways.

"It's good for everybody," said Garcia, the team's vice president of player personnel and football development. "It's good for the Cleveland Browns, good for Pete Garcia, good for (owner) Randy Lerner and good for (president) John Collins."

`We've been having discussions throughout the whole process -- me, Randy and John. They've been very supportive of me."

Garcia, 43, said he did not have firm plans but wants to stay in football. He will attend the Senior Bowl practices in hopes of finding employment.

"My family and I really liked it here," Garcia said. "I just wish we could have brought a winner to fans here. I'm confident Randy will do that."

COACH INTERVIEWS: he Browns have finished their first - and possibly last - series of interviews for the head coaching job.

Savage, Lerner and Collins met Tuesday with Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and former Miami Dolphins interim head coach/defensive coordinator Jim Bates.

NFL rules prohibit the Browns from having another interview with Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress or Steelers assistant head coach Russ Grimm until their teams have finished their playoff runs.

The Browns interviewed interim coach Terry Robiskie on Monday.

: The Jim Bates and Mike Nolan interviews are a sign of new GM Phil Savage's clout in the organization. Well-placed sources previously indicated that the Browns intended to interview Romeo Crennel, Brad Childress, Russ Grimm and Terry Robiskie only. But that was before Savage, who knows Bates and Nolan well, came aboard. Still, Crennel is perceived to be the front-runner. According to various reports, Crennel "blew away" the Browns during his first interview.

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