Browns Head Coach Search: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Position

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coach Doug Marrone is shown during the first half an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The Cleveland Browns have found a new head coach in former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson after firing head coach Mike Pettine following their 28-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.

"They made me feel comfortable, Jackson said Wednesday, per Mike Silver of NFL Newtork

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jackson's deal is done.

“They pressed him," ESPN's Josina Anderson reported, citing a source.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday that the Browns were "set to make a big push" to hire Jackson, citing a source. He added that "they'd like to close it out." Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported Cleveland is a "legit" contender to sign Jackson due to the "big say in personnel" he would have. 

The Browns confirmed they had interviewed Jackson on Sunday, but Silver reported Jackson did not receive an offer from the Browns or San Francisco 49ers despite both meetings having gone well.

McDermott Interviews with Browns

Sunday, Jan. 10

The Browns interviewed Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for the team's head coaching vacancy.

Patricia Meets with Browns

Saturday, Jan. 9

The Browns announced they have interviewed New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Henderson Interviews with Browns

Friday, Jan. 8 

The Browns announced they've interviewed Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson for the head coach position.

Gase Interviewed with Browns

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Prior to being hired by the Miami Dolphins, former Chicago Bears coordinator was interviewed by the Browns, per Cabot.

Guenther Reportedly Set to Interview

Tuesday, Jan. 5

Rapoport reported Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will interview for the Browns' vacant position next week.

Marrone Linked to Browns

Sunday, Jan. 3

According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Doug Marrone is first in line to interview for the Browns' vacancy on Tuesday. However, Browns majority owner Jimmy Haslam refuted King's report, according to Cabot.

Whether Marrone interviews first or not, he's certainly an interesting candidate. 

The Buffalo Bills went 6-10 during Marrone's first season as head coach in 2013, but they responded with a 9-7 effort in 2014. Following the winning season, Marrone made the unconventional decision to opt out of his contract before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars staff.

At the moment, he is evidently a hot commodity. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported the New Orleans Saints are "expected to target" Marrone if current head coach Sean Payton doesn't return to the Big Easy.

Browns Considering Austin

Sunday, Jan. 3

Rapoport added Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview "early this week." 

Search Committee Revealed

Sunday, Jan. 3

Cabot added the Browns' search committee for a new head coach will be comprised of Jed Hughes' search firm Korn/Ferry, Haslam, his wife Dee Haslam and front-office favorite Sashi Brownwho was promoted to executive vice president of football operations, per ESPN's Tony Grossi.

According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, "Brown will have final say on roster," while Haslam said the general manager will focus on "talent acquisition."

The Browns' next head coach will also be involved in the search for the franchise's new general manager, per Cabot, after the team parted ways with Ray Farmer on Sunday.

As Grossi explained, turnover has become the norm in Cleveland over the past few years:

Regardless of who winds up running the show for the Browns, they need to focus on the long-term picture and find some semblance of stability.