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What kind of coach will the Browns hire? Probably a kind they’ve already had

By SCOTT PATSKO • Updated Dec 30, 2019 at 4:07 PM

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ next head coach needs to have head coaching experience. Or he needs to have Super Bowl experience. Or he needs to have more than eight games of offensive coordinator experience. Or he needs to be from a successful coaching tree.

Whatever you want, the Browns have probably already been there, done that.

The next Browns head coach will be the team’s 10th since 1999. That doesn’t include the two interim head coaches, Terry Robiskie and Gregg Williams. The next head coach will also be the fifth hired by the Haslams since 2013.

Josh McDaniels is believed to be at the top of the Browns’ wish list. He certainly wouldn’t be the first former NFL head coach the Browns have hired since 1999. He also wouldn’t be the first former offensive coordinator. He wouldn’t even be the first from Bill Belichick’s coaching tree, or the first Ohio guy.

At this point, the Browns have pretty much tried it all.

Here’s a look at the experience Browns head coaches have brought to Cleveland since 1999:

 

FORMER NFL HEAD COACH

Eric Mangini (Jets 2006-08)

Hue Jackson (Raiders 2011)

 

FORMER OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Chris Palmer (Jaguars 1997-98)

Pat Shurmur (Rams 2009-10)

Rob Chudzinski (Panthers 2011-12; Browns 2007-08)

Hue Jackson (Bengals 2014-15; Raiders 2010; Falcons 2007; Redskins 2003)

Freddie Kitchens (Browns 2018)

 

FORMER DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Butch Davis (Cowboys 1993-94)

Romeo Crennel (Patriots 2001-04; Browns 2000)

Eric Mangini (Patriots 2005)

Mike Pettine (Bills 2013; Jets 2009-12)

 

SUPER BOWL EXPERIENCE

Butch Davis (Cowboys 1993 as DC)

Romeo Crennel (Patriots 2001, 2003-04 as DC)

Eric Mangini (Patriots 2001, 2003-04 as DB coach)

Pat Shurmur (Eagles 2004 as QB coach)

Chris Palmer (Patriots 1996 as QB coach)

Freddie Kitchens (Cardinals 2008 as TE coach)

 

FROM BELICHICK COACHING TREE

Romeo Crennel

Eric Mangini

 

FORMER COLLEGE HEAD COACH

Butch Davis (Miami, Fla.)

* Chris Palmer (New Haven, Boston University) was also a former college head coach, but not immediately prior to being hired by the Browns.

 

OHIO NATIVE

Rob Chudzinski (Toledo)

One thing not on the list is someone who took a team to the Super Bowl as a head coach. If the Browns go that route, they’d be asking their coach to become just the eighth in NFL history to take two teams to Super Bowls.

And, in the case of someone like former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, to become the first head coach to win titles with two teams.

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