Coachwatch: The Assistant Coach Carousel

Here are some comings-and-goings of assistants that may effect the Browns...


While the Browns wait for Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to have the good grace to lose a playoff game, a lot of movement is taking place within the ranks of assistant coaches. Here are some of the coming and goings as they might effect the Browns in the coming weeks:

Vultures Circle Current Browns Coaches

  • Interim head coach Terry Robiskie has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a number of different offensive coordiator jobs, although there are no reports that he has accepted interviews. Among the possibilities: Minnesota Vikings (according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press), New Orleans Saints (various sources), and more. There are offensive coordinator openings in Tennessee, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Current Saints coordinator Mike McCarthy is interviewing around.
  • The biggest name on the list so far is defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who has been reported by the Jacksonville Times-Union as heading for a defensive coaching position with the Jaguars. (Thanks for confusion420 and P.Crim for the tips which appeared on the tipline yesterday!)
  • Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein is also getting a look-see from at least one NFL team.

Browns Assistants Flee the Scene

Assistants Rumored to Be Interested in Cleveland Jobs

  • The Chicago Sun-Times quotes "league sources" as saying that former Bengals defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier would be in line for a similar job in Cleveland if Romeo Crennel is named head coach. That sound you might hear is audible groaning from the forums. Frazier was run out of Cincinnati in recent days after previously coaching the Eagles defensive backs.
  • Former Cowboys assistant George Warhop turned down the offensive line coaching position at Florida State because he's interested in pursuing NFL jobs, with Cleveland prominently mentioned (according to the Tallahassee Democrat)

Offensive Coordinators on the Move

  • The Dolphins have jumped on the top available offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan of the Vikings, bringing him to Miami with a three-year contract. Linehan could not get the security he wanted from the Vikings, where head coach Mike Tice has been put on a one-year deathwatch by owner Red McCombs.
  • Jets coordinator Paul Hackett surprised few by resigning yesterday, and was replaced within hours by Mike Heimerdinger, the well-regarded offensive coordinator of the Titans.
  • As mentioned above, current Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy is interviewing around and looking at his options with other clubs.
  • Ex-Dolphins assistant head coach Mark Trestman has also been mentioned as a possibility for the Vikings offensive coordinator job.

The OBR Top Stories