Updates on Browns' coaching search

Go away for a couple days so your daughter can knock a college interview into the top row of the bleachers and a lot happens.

We'll catch up on that stuff soon, but at this point it's worth going over the following information about the Cleveland Browns' coaching search:

  • Obviously what happens with Denver in the AFC Championship Game Sunday is key. If the Broncos win, the Browns have to decide if they want to wait two more weeks to see if offensive coordinator Adam Gase will interview. If the Broncos lose, the Browns can find out in a hurry what he'll do. There's a lot of thinking Gase, 35, will not take a head coaching job this offseason, but he may go through the interview. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that the Browns want to find out if they can get Gase to interview, so nothing seems certain.

  • Mortensen also dropped this interesting tidbit: The Browns want to find out if New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has changed his mind about not leaving the Patriots. Clearly, McDaniels ranks high on the Browns' list, though there's no indication anywhere that he might reverse course to coach the Browns.

  • Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine must have been impressive. The Browns will give him a second interview this week, Mortensen said.

  • The Browns are interested in Seattle's Dan Quinn and ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak. Quinn's situation has to play out, but Munchak is coveted by the Steelers to be the team's offensive line coach.

It seems that the Browns are still sorting through things in the coaching search. A lot of names remain active and viable, and the Browns could make this wait last through the Super Bowl. But the news about Davone Bess' off-field issues -- amidst the reality that the Browns gave up draft picks for him and gave him a contract extension -- and the continuing negativity in Cleveland about a search that from the outside seems a little too slow and methodical can't help the team. The job is one of 32 in the NFL, but the front office has issues to overcome when selling it. In Cleveland, the majority thinking is not that the Browns are in a great spot being last to hire, but in a scrambling spot.

The Browns waited until the Super Bowl to hire Romeo Crennel. He led them to their only 10-win season since 1999, and to their last winning season. But he was fired one year after that 10-win season. Since, it's been nothing but struggles and drama -- including the last month, which started with the Browns firing a coach less than a year after hiring him. The end could be near this week -- or it could not be.