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Taking an early look at 5 potential Browns coaching candidates

The Browns are more than likely at least two months from naming their next head coach, but it’s never too early to start talking about the potential replacements for Hue Jackson, who was fired Monday.

Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and general manager John Dorsey have surely started the discussion of candidates — though they refused to talk about the coaching search Monday during a news conference — so here are five expected to receive a lot of attention.

Lincoln Riley

Current job: Head coach, University of Oklahoma

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NFL experience: None

Selling point: Coached Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield for three seasons

Cause for concern: Has never worked in the NFL and has been a head coach for less than two seasons

Riley on a possible future in the NFL.


Eric Bieniemy

Current job: Offensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs

NFL experience: Nine years as a player, 11 years as an assistant coach

Selling point: Dorsey raves about the way he deals with players

Cause for concern: Has never been a head coach, and is in his first year as an NFL coordinator


John DeFilippo

Current job: Offensive coordinator, Minnesota Vikings

NFL experience: Twelve years as an assistant coach

Selling point: Was quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles when they won the Super Bowl last season

Cause for concern: Has never been a head coach and has bounced between teams


Dave Toub

Current job: Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs

NFL experience: Seventeen years as an assistant coach, brief career as a player

Selling point: Is well-respected and worked with Dorsey

Cause for concern: Until adding the role of assistant head coach this year, his career was spent almost exclusively on special teams

Matt Campbell

Current job: Head coach, Iowa State

NFL experience: None

Selling point: Grew up in Massillon and has spent most of his life and career in Ohio

Cause for concern: The transition to the NFL can be difficult for someone without a background at the professional level

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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