CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As the process of hiring a new coach and general manager begins, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam addressed the fans and media for the first time since the organization split with Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey.
Cleveland is currently in need of a new head coach and general manager after firing Freddie Kitchens at the end of his first season on Dec. 29, 2019. John Dorsey and the organization “mutually” parted ways two days later on Dec. 31.
Haslam said the hiring process for the two positions will be led by Browns Chief Strategy Officer John DePodesta, but he will be on the “frontline” in interviews with coaching candidates.
“The coach and the GM will report to ownership as equals,” said Haslam.
The owner’s remarks came on the same day as former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with the team for the Browns’ opening. McCarthy, 56, went 135-85-2 as the Packers head coach during a tenure that spanned from 2006 to 2018.
A report surfaced on Thursday morning about interest from the Browns in former Ohio State University head coach Urban Meyer, but Haslam indicated that he may not qualify for the position.
“Right now, we’re just focusing on people with NFL experience," Haslam stated.
Other candidates for the head coaching position reportedly include San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Northeast Ohio native Josh McDaniels, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.