Cleveland Browns rumors: Coaching search committee revealed

Cleveland Browns John Dorsey (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns John Dorsey (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

In Cleveland Browns rumors, we now know who is involved in the coaching search committee, after the group was left to secret by GM John Dorsey.

Celebrate these Cleveland Browns rumors, because Jed Hughes and the Corn Ferry search firm are nowhere near the current committee searching for a new head coach!

ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed the committee following Cleveland’s interview of Matt Ebeflus, the sixth candidate to officially interview for the position.

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According to Schefter, the committee is comprised of owner Jimmy Haslam, GM John Dorsey, Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, executive VP JW Johnson, assistant GM Eliot Wolf and personnel executive Andrew Berry.

No word form Schefter on whether this is the entire committee. Notably missing names on his tweet include Dee Haslam and Alonzo Highsmith.

1. JimmY Haslam’s name on the committee is sure to draw the ire of a lot of fans, but the fact that an NFL owner is on the list hardly qualifies as news. He’s hiring someone to be the face and voice of his organization.

Of course he’s going to have something to do with it.

2. Paul DePodesta is involved, as it was speculated he might be following the breaking news that the analytics guru was the key in the team’s firing of Todd Haley, which led to Gregg Williams becoming the interim head coach.

Every team employs analytics. The Browns are no longer using the model to dictate every move, but they’re not ignoring the method either. DePodesta offers another voice. That can be a good thing, although that’s a hard sell, considering the 1-31 record that were the  2016 and 2017 seasons.

3. Berry was the closest thing the Browns had to a “football man” during the reign of analytics, but he’s kind of been a forgotten man since John Dorsey was hired to be the GM.

Obviously, he’s still an important person.

4. A lot of fans are sure going to question Johnson. He’s an executive on the business side who happens to be the son-in-law of Jimmy and Dee Haslam. His background is in broadcast journalism and communications, according to his profile.

5. Dorsey wouldn’t reveal who was on the search committee at his press conference the day after the final game of the season.

You now know why. DePodesta’s name would’ve sent the media room into a frenzy. They might’ve gotten so worked up they might not have even had time to ask questions about Johnson.

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6. As for Alonzo Highsmith‘s missing name, I’m not sure how big a deal it is with Wolf and Dorsey on board. They’re all from the same football family.