Cleveland Browns rumors: John Harbaugh not keen on Browns’ job

Cleveland Browns John Harbaugh (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns John Harbaugh (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns are looking for a new coach, and it doesn’t appear John Harbaugh will be in the running if he leaves the Baltimore Ravens.

Finding a new head coach will be priority No. 1 for the Cleveland Browns when the book closes on the 2018 campaign.

And it’s not going to be former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, as she said so herself on through Facebook just hours after Adam Schefter broke a story reporting the Browns were interesting in talking to her for the gig.

What really was the intent of the Browns by leaking this story remains unclear, but one thing it has done is cast doubt on whether Cleveland will be taken seriously by the top coaching candidates.

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ESPN Cleveland’s who really wrote a scathing critique of how the Browns handled the whole PR debacle, appeared on WKNR 850 AM Monday morning to has the rumor out.

One interesting note from Grossi’s interview was that at least one potential head coaching candidate thinks the Browns continue to be a joke, which is why he wouldn’t want to partner with Cleveland.

Grossi mentioned an anonymous source, who works in the NFL and not in the media, as stating someone qualified to be the head coach now finds the job less desirable, via the Land On Demand (subscription).

"“He had heard through the grapevine, from a  potentially qualified candidate, that this is the reason he wants nothing to do with the Browns.”"

This is a cause for concern, because the Browns’ job is supposed to be “attractive” with a future franchise quarterback in place.

However, how attractive the gig really is may be in the eye of the beholder, because potential candidates will look at the job with skepticism.

Later in the interview, Grossi dropped another nugget, quoting someone from Baltimore regarding the possibility of John Harbaugh becoming the Browns coach. The insecurity of working for the Haslams appears to be a turnoff, via (subscription).

"I heard from people in Baltimore that he’s not too keen on joining an organization that is now on its fourth coaching hire in seven years.”"

You can’t really blame Harbaugh, although ultimately, the Browns will probably get a strong candidate.

There’s only 32 of these jobs in the world and getting one symbolize the top of the coaching profession.

That alone may help skeptics look past the troubles ownership has had maintaining stability since 2013.

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If that doesn’t do it, perhaps the fat paycheck that usually comes after a Browns coach gets fired will do the trick.