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
- Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein is also getting a look-see from at least one NFL team.
Browns Assistants Flee the Scene
- Linebackers coach George Edwards has gone to the Miami Dolphins, where he
gets a promotion to defensive coordinator. Edwards was the subject of furious
recruiting by both the Dolphins and their favorite coaching victim this year,
LSU. (An article on this jump is linked in
rather sparse newswire)
- Asst. offensive line coach Mike Sullivan took a job last week as the offensive line coach of the Western Michigan Mustangs.
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
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.