Cleveland Browns Offseason: Kevin Kolb Trade Rumors and Head Coach Interviews

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Only two weeks into what many consider to be a key off-season to rebuilding the Cleveland Browns franchise, rumors of the Browns' interest in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb have surfaced yet again.

Cleveland was reportedly interested in Kolb many months ago when the disgruntled quarterback lost his starting job to resurgent superstar, Michael Vick. Since then, rumors settled down to a halt after Colt McCoy officially took the starting job and solidified himself as the leader of the Browns offense.

Browns general manager, Tom Heckert, is main figure within the Cleveland franchise that has ties to the Philadelphia Eagles and many of the Kolb rumors have stemmed from his connections from the Eagles management.

Another large reason why Kolb's name is now being associated with the Browns is that current Eagles offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinwheg has emerged as a potential candidate for the Browns' head coaching vacancy.

While Mornhinweg was preparing his Philadelphia Eagles offense to face the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the playoffs, the Browns moved forward interviewing two other candidates for the head coaching vacancy.

Mike Mularkey and Pat Shurmur both visited the Browns training facility and met with Mike Holmgren as well as other members of Browns management.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Shurmur came away from the series of interviews as the current favorite to take over for the recently fired, Eric Mangini at the head coaching position.

Shurmur has a significant amount of experience running the west coast style of offense which is what Mike Holmgren reportedly wants his new coach to run over the course of the coming seasons.

Holmgren also made it a point of stating that whomever the Browns hire needs to be willing to work with Colt McCoy and develop him as the quarterback of the future. Shurmur has had recent experience developing Sam Bradford in St.Louis while leading the Rams through the push to the playoffs.

Holmgren still has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the sidelines if he cannot find the right person to coach the team. Although Holmgren did state that the possibility of him coming back to coach was "not in the plan at this point in time."