Rumors: 3 New names in Cleveland Browns coaching search

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Jeff Brohm

Cleveland fans who double as Ohio State fans know Jeff Brohm well.

The Purdue coach helped railroad the Buckeyes season with a blowout win over Ohio State in West Lafyette, Ind back in October.

One win in college doesn’t make an NFL coach though, and teams are likely looking at possibility of Brohm as a some kind of quarterback whisperer–words that will be forever tainted in Cleveland thanks to Hue Jackson.

CBS Sports scribe Jason La Canfora wrote teams looking to develop young quarterbacks, such as the Browns, may be interested in Brohm, who’s developed a reputation as a stellar college play caller.

Elsewhere around the college game, Matt Campbell’s name isn’t new to the coaching search, at least in the Factory of Sadness. But buzz around his name kind of cooled when he signed an agreement to remain in Aimes through 2024.

Rapoport wrote the Browns are, at the very least, expected to inquire on the offensive minded guru.

Extensions are nothing to get in the way of owners who have a college coach in their cross-hairs, but it’s worth noting Campbell’s assistants got a big, raise too. If he stays, those around him also get richer.  Campbell’s coaching and support staff will get a collective $1 million raise, according to ESPN.

Campbell could always pull a Josh McDaniels and leave his people high and dry. I wouldn’t count on it, though. Not this offseason.

The Sandusky native will be a name to watch in the future though, as a bigger college job or the NFL will one day lure him from Iowa State.

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley is the other obvious coaching candidate to come from the college ranks.

Riley said he’s finally staying at Oklahoma, but that was before his team’s semifinal loss in the College Football Playoff.

I probably need to hear him say it one more time before I can finally move on.