Desired qualities a constant in search

Posted by Vic Carucci on January 8, 2013 – 11:28 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Joe – I just want Cleveland to find a coach who can turn us into a team that has winning seasons and competes.

That is precisely what the people doing the hiring have in mind, Joe.

And that is why Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and chief executive officer Joe Banner are going through this process in a thorough and methodical fashion. They have targeted specific candidates that they believe can fulfill their goal of generating a turnaround in fairly short order, but while also building a program with sustainable success.

I believe Haslam and Banner fully realize that, with five other NFL teams looking to fill coaching openings, they are operating within a highly competitive environment. Will they have the opportunity to hire anyone they target? Obviously, not, for various reasons.

However, that is why they are considering multiple candidates they believe have the qualities they want in a head coach.

And as Haslam said during a news conference on Jan. 31, he and Banner “want an individual who is a head coach, who is a strong leader, who’s tough because this is a tough business, but also is smart, very organized, has great attention to detail and is aggressive. That’s the kind of football team we want to have, and candidly, I think it’s the kind of individuals we are.”

Kevin – Enough of the coaching carousel, already. Pick a coaching staff and stick with them, let them develop.

You’re so right, Kevin.

The quicker the Browns get off the “coaching carousel,” the quicker they are going to be a consistent contender.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Haslam and Banner are even more interested in the team hiring a coaching staff that can remain in place for years to come than you are.

Laurie – Nick Saban has no more to prove at the college level. He should just go back to the Browns as head coach and make a big NFL impact.

That might be what you and, perhaps, a whole lot of other people would like Saban to do, Laurie.

However, I think he made it very clear during a news conference after winning his fourth national championship that he has no intention of returning to the NFL, spelling out all of the reasons as thoroughly as he ever has.

I realize Saban has changed his mind in the past, but he sounded fairly convincing to me that Alabama will be the last football team he coaches.

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