Browns focusing on candidates with NFL coaching experience, owner Jimmy Haslam says

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BEREA, Ohio (WJW)-- Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam met with members of the media Thursday afternoon. This was his first news conference since parting ways with head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey.

Haslam started off by thanking Kitchens and Dorsey for their time with the Browns.

"We just did not feel we had the right people in place to move forward like we wanted to," he said.

Haslam said they will hire the coach first, then the new general manager. Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta will head the search, but ownership will make the final decision.

The team kicked off the hiring process by interviewing former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on Thursday. Also set to vie for the position are New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Baltimore offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

When asked if former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is in the running, Haslam said they are focusing on candidates with NFL coaching experience. He said head coaching experience is not necessarily a prerequisite.

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