Cleveland Browns coaching search: Who should be next head coach?

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BEREA, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns have been without a head coach just more than a week, but the search to fill the vacancy is underway.

The team fired head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer after Cleveland’s loss to the Steelers last Sunday. The Browns finished the season 3-13.

There have already been a few front-office changes in Berea, as they tapped Mets executive Paul DePodesta for chief strategy officer and made Sashi Brown the VP of football operations.

Several candidates have already interviewed with the Browns search committee, which includes owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, Brown and DePodesta.

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Adam Gase, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator

The Browns interviewed Gase on Wednesday. But he was on a lot of other teams’ lists, including the Giants and Eagles. The Dolphins hired Gase on Saturday.

While he was most recently the OC for the Bears, Gase got most of his coaching experience with the Broncos. He was the offensive coordinator when Peyton Manning won MVP. He also spent time coaching quarterbacks and wide receivers in Denver.

Teryl Austin, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator

Austin, who interviewed on Wednesday, was also up for the Miami job. He has NFL coaching experience with the Cardinals and Seahawks.

Austin was the secondary coach in Baltimore during their Super Bowl win against the 49ers in 2012. He’s credited for improving a long-time struggling defense in Detroit.

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach

The Jags assistant is one of the few on this list with head coaching experience. Marrone was the Buffalo Bills head coach from 2013 to 2014.

As a lengthy college coaching career, he made the jump to the NFL in 2002 as the offensive line coach for the New York Jets. He also served as the Saints offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008.

He interviewed with the Browns on Thursday.

Jerome Henderson, Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach

Henderson spoke with the search committee on Friday, but he may already have another job offer on the table. The defensive backs coach could be headed to Miami to work under another former Browns coaching candidate, Adam Gase.

Henderson coached the Cleveland secondary from 2009 to 2011 and worked with cornerback Joe Haden.

He first made his impact on the league as a player, going to Super Bowls with the Bills and Patriots.

Matt Patricia, New England Patriots defensive coordinator

Patricia has spent his entire NFL coaching career in New England. He’s been the Pats’ offensive assistant, assistant offensive line coach, linebackers coach and safeties coach.

If you want someone who went to the Bill Belichick school of coaching, Patricia has been a student since 2004.

Fun fact? Patricia majored in aeronautical engineering in college. He worked as an engineer before making the jump to coaching football.

Sean McDermott, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator

The search committee interviewed McDermott on Sunday for the head coaching gig.

He was in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2010, working with different defensive position groups before becoming DC in 2009. McDemott has been with the Panthers since 2011.

Given his ties to the Eagles, it’s likely he’d like to return to Philly. He also interviewed with Tampa Bay.

Hue Jackson, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator

Wouldn’t it be great to steal the offensive coordinator from a divisional rival? Jackson has been in Cincinnati in a few difference roles since 2012. He also has head coaching experience, spending one season leading the Raiders.

He’s coached in Washington, Baltimore and Atlanta.

Bad news though, Jackson is the front-runner to take over in San Francisco.

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