COACHING CAROUSEL Indications coming from voices inside the Browns organization is Mangini - along with Rob Ryan and possibly Brian Daboll spent a solid portion of the past weekend evaluating the remaining coaching staff from the 2008 season.
While the Browns have yet to announce Rob Ryan as DC and Brian Daboll as OC, the staff under Mangini has continued to talk with potential candidates to fill out a staff. Indications are that some members of the new coaching staff could be in place by Friday - with the possibility of a press release coming around that time frame.
Mangini, Ryan and Daboll have been working the phones in attempts to secure 'their' selections as assistants prior to the player personnel dept scouts and coaches begin making rounds on the college player scouting hunt. – LA
THE CABLE GUY A league source tells The OBR that new Browns head coach Eric Mangini will reach out to interim Raiders head coach Tom Cable should he not be hired for the Oakland's permanent position. The source said there's a chance that the two have already spoken -- possibly through the Browns presumptive new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Cable, who has already interviewed for the Raiders' vacancy, would be targeted as an offensive line coach. The source said the interest in Cable would seem to indicate that Mangini is not confident that Bill Callahan will be freed from his Jets contract. Callahan was being looked at as a line coach prospect on Mangini's Cleveland staff.
Whether or not Cable is hired in Oakland, his contract with the club expires tomorrow and he will be free to speak to any club at that point. – JT
MORE COACHING ACTIVITY Members of the Browns coaching staff will be presented the opportunity to seek employment elsewhere in the coming days. In some cases, this permission has already been granted.
Members of the player personnel staff continue to remain in place for the time being under the guidance of T.J. McCreight. - LA
SOME PRAISE FOR LERNER'S APPROACH An NFL executive recently offered us his views on how the Browns have approached putting their new leadership team in place, which might serve as a counterweight to some of the local commentary:
- He agreed with the Browns approach in getting the right HC in place, also telling the OBR that he feels the approach provides the team a competitive advantage in landing some of the better assistants that will be available.
- Unlike many in Cleveland, the exec did not have an issue with adding a GM later in the process. The GM is not a decided necessity in early January, he suggests, as the key issue of player personnel and scouting are already in place in Cleveland and wholesale changes are not expected there. - LA