According to Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report, the Cleveland Browns wanted to hire Bill Parcells to run the team.
However, Parcells told Freeman that he only talked to Browns about why certain organizations succeed and others fail.
- Freeman adds that Parcells met “extensively” with owner Jimmy Haslam in South Florida.
- Haslam reportedly saw hiring Parcells as a way for the Browns to regain the credibility.
Parcells ended his coaching career back in 2006 with the Cowboys and would go serve front office roles with the Jets and Dolphins. Parcells was hired by Miami as the Exec. VP of Football Operations and was tasked with completely rebuilding the franchise. While Parcells was able to build a better foundation, he wasn’t able to develop them into a playoff contender.
The Browns would later follow this model when they hired Mike Holmgren as team president in 2012. Holmgren did little to turn the Browns around and was subsequently replaced in favor the Browns regime that was just fired on Tuesday.
It’s interesting and somewhat surprising to see the Browns consider this approach of hiring the equivalent of an NFL czar to run their operation, it’s clear that Haslam is looking to attract some of the most well respected NFL minds in the game.
Mary Kay Cabot mentioned that she wouldn’t be surprised if the Browns elected to hire Peyton Manning as their president once his playing career was over.
As things stand right now, Cleveland does not have a CEO or president in place, so I’m sure we’ll hear more regarding a potential hire soon enough.