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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Browns back to being methodical

By Pat McManamon


Adam Gase will not interview to be the Cleveland Browns' head coach.

Gase, the Broncos' offensive coordinator, withdrew Tuesday, according to the Denver Post and ESPN's Adam Schefter. Naturally soon after, the Browns put out the word they were moving on regardless.

So ... the purposefully methodical search marches on.

Gase was the first person the Browns sought permission to interview. They waited this long just to talk to him, but Gase evidently feels he’s in too good a spot and wants to focus on the Super Bowl.

That leaves candidates like Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak and Cowboys special teams coach Ron Bisaccia still available.

The names of Quinn and Pettine continue to circulate -- to the point that Pettine will be given a second interview. Bisaccia’s name has hardly been mentioned since his interview on Saturday. Munchak has interviewed to be the Steelers offensive line coach, but his name also has not been mentioned often with the Browns since his interview. A surprise candidate is always a possibility, though the chances seem slim at this point.

Schefter indicated the Browns will also consider other coaches, which might imply a coach off the 49ers' staff.

Whatever happens, the impression from outside is the Browns have followed a wayward path to find their coach. They never got to interview Bill O’Brien, Josh McDaniels pulled out early, James Franklin stayed in college and Ken Whisenhunt chose to coach in Tennessee. Others interviewed and pulled out, or went elsewhere. Twitter jokes abound.

Fan unrest and national criticism got to such a point that owner Jimmy Haslam released a letter saying the team was being purposefully methodical and asked for patience, which of course the Browns did not give former coach Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after one season.

Now the team can turn to Pettine, wait on Quinn or find another coach.

Methodically marching.

Seems there’s a Stephen Stills song in there somewhere.