Browns GM John Dorsey said in a statement on Sunday that the team has ‘not discussed’ interviewing former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head coaching vacancy despite an ESPN report that they’re interested in doing so, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” Dorsey said in the statement, released by the Browns after Adam Schefter’s report went viral. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season. Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”
Rice, a lifelong Browns fan, released a statement via Facebook saying she’s not ready to coach, but called for more women to be groomed for the job.
“I love my Browns — and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.
“On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches. One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts — and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.”
“BTW — I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a ‘prevent defense.’”
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