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Browns will be flexible in coach search

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Senior Editor Vic Carucci says the Browns intend to be flexible when it comes to attracting the best possible head-coaching candidates.

Flexibility will be a key component in the Browns’ search for their next head coach.

According to chief executive officer Joe Banner, the team would be open to the idea of allowing the coach to have a significant say in assembling the roster and even switching from the 3-4 defensive scheme, if necessary.

“We’re not locked into some structure here that won’t allow us to attract the best candidate,” Banner said during an appearance on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford.”

Banner did point out that the amount of player-selection involvement would “vary” by the candidates.

He also said that it isn’t a prerequisite of most coaches.

“Many more coaches are looking to primarily coach and have input in terms of what they need to run their systems than actually wanting to watch the film and pick the players than people realize,” Banner said. “This hasn’t been an issue for us in the past, last year. It wasn’t in my past searches, so I don’t anticipate it being an issue.”

The same applies to a candidate who might favor a 4-3 defense over the 3-4 the Browns implemented last season under defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

“I don’t want to dictate anything to the head coach,” Banner said. “Obviously, there are some benefits to continuing something as basic as you playing a 3-4 or 4-3. But if we found somebody we thought was going to be a great head coach and we had to look at that, it wouldn’t rule the coach out.

“But that’s not to deny it would be simpler if we perpetuate the system. Most of those players, by the way, we think can play effectively in either scheme. But we really just need to find the right coach and let him define those things.”

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