#1 CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns‘ coaching search isn't von liny195 15.07.2019 09:20

quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines.General manager John Dorsey https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Bernie-Kosar-Jersey , who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland's next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate to become the club's ninth coach since 1999.ESPN, citing an anonymous league source, reported that the team would like to interview Rice, an ardent Browns fan since childhood, for its coaching job. However, Dorsey said she is not on the team's current list of candidates."Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan," Dorsey said."I have the utmost respect and admiration for all she's accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season. Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed."Earlier this week http://www.brownsfanshop.com/Austin-Seibert-Jersey , Dorsey said he would consider a wide-range of candidates."I just want the best possible head coach to move this thing forward regardless of age," he said. "It could be a woman, too. I am serious. Who knows?"The 64-year-old Rice would be an historic and outside-the-box candidate for the Browns, who fired Hue Jackson last month after he won just three games in two-plus seasons and went 0-16 in 2017.There has never been a woman interviewed for a head coaching job in the NFL.On her Facebook page, Rice professed her deep love for the Browns and said confidently, "I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.""On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches," she wrote. "One doesn't have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts — and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches."BTW — I'm not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a "prevent defense."Rice's last reference is common among die-hard Browns fans, who still bemoan then-coach Marty Schottenheimer's decision to play soft coverage in the 1986 AFC championship game when Denver quarterback John Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards to a game-tying touchdown in the final seconds. "The Drive" as it's known helped the Broncos beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime, denying Cleveland a trip to the Super Bowl.Rice discussed her love for the team during a visit to the Browns' headquarters in 2010. Her passion for the Browns dates to her early years in Alabama Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , where she and her father watched games together and cheered for Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown on teams coached by Paul Brown.Rice has become increasingly involved in sports, serving on the College Football Playoff selection committee and chairing a commission on college basketball.She served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005-09.Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed for the full-time position following the season.The Browns have a bye this week and will face Cincinnati next Sunday, when they'll have a reunion sorts with Jackson, who was hired by the Bengals as a special assistant to coach Marvin Lewis. CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens had something on his coaching resume no other candidate could match. He made Baker Mayfield a better quarterback.Kitchens, who helped Mayfield turn his rookie season into a record-breaking one during an impressive eight-game stint as the Browns offensive coordinator, was named Cleveland's 17th full-time coach on Saturday, capping a remarkable personal rise up the coaching ranks.His next goal: Take the Browns where they've never been — the Super Bowl. "It's an honor to be named the head coach of the Cleveland Browns," Kitchens said in a release. "As I've said before, I think Cleveland and I get along pretty well. My family and I have really enjoyed our time with this organization and in this community over the last year."There are a lot of great people in this front office that I'm excited to continue to work alongside with a singular focus on winning. I've been to one Super Bowl that didn't end the way I wanted it to and that disappointing memory is what really drives me. Our goal is to work extremely hard to earn the right to raise that Lombardi Trophy for our fans and this city."The affable 44-year-old Kitchens is the ninth coach since the Browns' 1999 expansion rebirth and fourth hired since 2012 by owners. As it turns out, general manager John Dorsey didn't have to search far or wide for "a man of character Derrick Kindred Jersey , a guy who can instill leadership into these young men."Kitchens was there the whole time."We had a deliberate and thorough process and one thing became evident — that Freddie is the best person to lead the Cleveland Browns," said Dorsey, who has lifted the Browns from laughable to legitimate in just one year. "We saw firsthand what Freddie is able to do. He showed that he is consistent on a day in and day out basis and that he is a true leader."He helped unify our players in a tough time. He raised the bar for our offense last year, and I have no doubt he is going to raise the bar for our entire team."Kitchens will be formally introduced Monday at a news conference in FirstEnergy Stadium.It's hard to imagine Kitchens was part of Dorsey's long-term vision when he was hired to coach running backs on Hue Jackson's staff after 11 seasons as an Arizona assistant. But when Jackson and coordinator Todd Haley were fired on Oct. 29, Kitchens took the offensive reins and Mayfield and his teammates took off.Under Kitchens' leadership, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft threw 19 of his NFL rookie record 27 touchdown passes. Mayfield erased any doubts he's the coveted franchise quarterback that has eluded the Browns for decades.Kitchens and Mayfield connected on a personal level, two former college quarterbacks who bonded over a shared passion and senses of humor. They grew tight and the Browns are counting on that relationship to flourish."It was great working with and learning from Freddie last year," Mayfield said after Kitchens' hiring was announced. "He has such a creative mind. He creates mismatches and just put guys in position to take advantage of their opportunities. He puts trusts in us as players. He's the same guy every day."Mayfield was a different player under Kitchens, who figured out creative ways to protect the 23-year-old. The Browns improved across the board statistically — they averaged 6.8 yards per play — and became one of the league's must-watch teams over the last two months as Kitchens unveiled unique formations and trick plays.Kitchens was praised by players for seeking their input on which plays they were most comfortable running. He also got major production from rookie running back Nick Chubb, left tackle Greg Robinson and receiver Breshad Perriman — all under-utilized by Jackson and Haley.But it was Mayfield's growth that mattered most. In six games before the coaching change Myles Garrett Color Rush Jersey , Mayfield completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards with eight touchdowns, six interceptions and 20 sacks. In eight games under Kitchens, he completed 68 percent with 19 TDs, eight interceptions and five sacks.As the team's success grew, Kitchens went from an unknown to Cleveland fan favorite.The barrel-chested Alabamian wore an orange "Dawg Pound" hooded sweat shirt on game day because his daughters liked it and it was his nod to the Browns' famed bleacher section that he admired from afar in the 1980s.Now, he's Cleveland's top dog.

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