College background isn’t coaching prerequisite

Posted by Vic Carucci on January 10, 2013 – 3:32 am

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:

Chris – The Browns don’t need a college coach for their head coach! They need someone with NFL experience, even though the Browns are young.

Chris, my sense is that team owner Jimmy Haslam and chief executive officer Joe Banner weren’t/aren’t married to strictly hiring a coach from the college ranks.

Although Chip Kelly’s return to Oregon and Doug Marrone’s move from Syracuse to the Bills took two prominent collegiate-coaching candidates off the market, the Browns still can land an excellent coach from the available talent pool. And that doesn’t mean they have to wade back into the body of water that contains college coaches.

I don’t think the Browns’ youthful roster necessarily has to influence the coaching search. A quality coach is a quality coach, and he should be able to handle any type of team, regardless of its average age.

Is having a background as an NFL coach an advantage? It’s fair to say that history shows us there has generally been more success by coaches hired from within the league than those hired from the college ranks.

That doesn’t mean ex-collegiate coaches can’t succeed. Ask the 49ers, who are in the postseason for the second consecutive year with former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh at the helm.

But if you stay true to what you want in a coach, if you’re convinced that you’ve found the man with the qualities that you are seeking, then you hire him. And his previous employer, whether it’s a college or an NFL club, won’t matter.

Ryan – I am so glad the Browns re-signed Dan Gronkowski, brother of Gronk (a.k.a., Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots).

I am, too, Ryan.

I’ve actually known the Gronkowski brothers since their junior high and high school days in Western New York.

Although Dan wasn’t able to make the Browns’ roster last summer, I think he could have a legitimate shot of landing a spot in what figures to be a wide-open situation at tight end. He is an excellent blocker and a pretty good receiver, perhaps giving the Browns a more complete player at the position than they have.

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