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Former Giants Coach Ben McAdoo Talking to the Browns About the OC Job

Fired Giants coach Ben McAdoo is interviewing for the Browns offensive coordinator job today in Berea, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.

McAdoo, fired by the Giants on Dec. 4 along with GM Jerry Reese when the team was 2-10, has ties to John Dorsey and would be a strong candidate to call plays here because of his experience.

He spent seven years in Green Bay with Dorsey from 2006 through 20012, where he served as tight ends coach from 2006-11 and quarterbacks coach in 2014 and 2015.

Fired Titans coach Mike Mularkey is on the Browns’ radar for head coach Hue Jackson’s offensive coordinator opening, a league source told cleveland.com. Jackson would be willing to hand over play-calling duties to an experienced coordinator such Mularkey, 56.

He’s also interviewed Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan and talked to several others for the job.

Mike Mularkey Being Considered by the Browns for Teams’ OC Job

Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports ex-Titans coach Mike Mularkey “is on the Browns’ radar for their offensive coordinator opening.”

Head coach Hue Jackson is expected to hire a coordinator for the first time in his tenure in Cleveland but the search has been awfully quiet. Mularkey unexpectedly became available this morning after “mutually parting ways” with the Titans and would bring 23 years of NFL coaching experience, including five-plus as a head coach and eight as a coordinator. He served as coordinator for the Steelers, Dolphins and Falcons.

That said, the primary reason for his firing from the Titans is the regression of the offense and perceived lack of development of quarterback Marcus Mariota in 2017. The Titans still went 9-7 in Mularkey’s two full years at the helm-a record that Browns fans can only dream of.

Jackson has said he would be willing to hand over play-calling duties to an experienced coordinator and the 56-year-old Mularkey certainly fits the bill. That may be why Texans QB coach Sean Ryan left Cleveland without a contract after his interview last week, as Ryan has made it clear he wants to call plays as the OC but has no experience doing so.

On the other hand, in Jackson’s other recent hires he seems to be making certain that he has no one on his staff capable of taking the reins on an interim basis should owner Jimmy Haslem decide to jettison the 1-31 Jackson if the team gets off to another disastrous start in 2018. Jackson could perceive Mularkey as a threat.

Giants WR Coach Adam Henry Joining the Browns on a Three-Year Deal

The Browns are adding another piece to their coaching staff, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport states that Giants wide receivers coach Adam Henry has left the team to join the Browns coaching staff on a three year deal.

From the tweet that Rapoport sent out, it sounds like they have high hopes that Henry will be able to come in and motivate a wide out core that had its share of issues in 2018.

Henry had been with the Giants for the past two seasons and was Odell Beckham Jr.’s WR coach at LSU, a job he held from 2012-14.

Browns Add Eliot Wolf as Assistant GM, Highsmith as Vice President of Player Personnel

The Browns today made some important front office moves official, adding Eliot Wolf Assistant General Manager and Alonzo Highsmith Vice President of Player Personnel.

Wolf spent the past 14 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, most recently as Director of Football Operations, while Highsmith had been with the Packers personnel department for 19 years, the last six as Senior Personnel Executive.

“We’re lucky to add Alonzo and Eliot to our personnel staff,” said Dorsey. “Alonzo’s 25 years of experience in the National Football League as a player, scout and personnel executive give him a unique perspective when it comes to evaluating talent and building a team. Alonzo and I share the same passion for this great game of football. We are going to set out to find talented football players that possess that same passion for the game,” Dorsey said in a statement.

“Eliot has been a fine executive in this league for some time now. It’s been great to watch him grow up around this league when I was with him in Green Bay and from afar for the last five-plus years. He’s been a big reason for the consistent success the Packers have experienced over the last decade. Adding Eliot and Alonzo to our personnel leadership group, that already includes Andrew Berry, will strengthen us and help us develop into the type of personnel department we need to achieve the success our great fans deserve.”

“I’m so thankful for this opportunity and I’m really excited about joining the Cleveland Browns organization,” said Wolf. “I really like the direction of where leadership is headed. We’re going to build this team the right way and to be a part of that from the ground up is going to be special.”

“This is going to be an exciting challenge,” said Highsmith. “It’s great to reunite with John Dorsey. He is someone I’ve looked up to and has always been a mentor to me. We had great success together in Green Bay and we both understand the hard work it takes to create a winning environment. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be part of something special. Some of my fondest memories in football were playing the Browns in the playoffs one year and the fans throwing dog bones at us so we had to turn around and play that series at the opposite end zone. I believe in the Haslams, Coach Jackson and John, and I’m looking forward to helping build the type of team Cleveland Browns fans will be proud of.”

In addition, the Browns have also added Jimmy Noel as Assistant Director of Pro Scouting, Matt Donahoe as Scout and Dan Zegers as Personnel Coordinator. Noel, Donahoe and Zegers all previously spent time in the Kansas City Chiefs personnel department.

Ken Kovash who has served as Vice President-Player Personnel for the last two seasons will transition to a Vice President role in the club’s strategy department.

Browns New GM Dorsey to Interview Packers Director of Football Ops Eliot Wolf

New Browns general manager John Dorsey could be bringing even more of that Packers magic to Cleveland, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Last week, he hired former Green Bay senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith as a vice president in the personnel department. Now, he hopes to add Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf in some capacity.

He’ll interview Wolf on Tuesday, a league source told cleveland.com.

Wolf, the son of Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf who recommended Dorsey to the Jimmy Haslam, was passed over Monday for the Packers GM job when they announced another internal candidate, Brian Gutekunst, as their man.

The Packers offered Wolf “a prominent role” in the organization, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but the GM snub did not sit well with Ron Wolf, who ran the Packers from 1991-2001.

“At least he had the opportunity to interview for it,” the elder Wolf told ESPN Sunday night. “Obviously the people up there don’t think he’s worthy or they would’ve hired him. End of discussion.”

Gutekunst can block Wolf, who’s still under contract with the Packers, from interviewing for any other NFL job except for GM, but it doesn’t sound as if he’ll do so.

“I surely want him to be part of this,” Gutekunst said Monday during his press conference. “I think the world of Eliot Wolf, not only as a scout, but he’s very close to me as a friend. He obviously has other opportunities if he wants them. That’s kind of between me and Eliot, but I’m very hopeful that he’ll be here.”

Despite 0-16 in 2017, Coach Hue Jackson Will Be Back in 2018 Says Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam

Jimmy Haslam has heard all of the criticism about bringing Hue Jackson back with a 1-31 record in his two seasons, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“I’ll say what I always say: I think we have the best fans in the NFL and when we win, Hue Jackson will be their hero,” said Haslam. “I’m convinced of that. It’s all about winning and losing, and until we start winning we’re going to catch a lot of grief and we deserve it.”

Jackson made his remarks in the hallway outside the locker room here after the Browns lost 28-24 to the Steelers to fall to 0-16.

“I don’t think there’s a lot to say,” he said. “I remember standing approximately here last year and apologizing to our fans for the poor job we have done as owners, and I would just reiterate that again. Our record is unacceptable, and we accept full responsibility for that.

“I don’t think that I need to say, but the way the world works today, I want to say this: Hue Jackson will be back as our coach next year in 2018. He and John (Dorsey) are already off to a good start and working well together. There weren’t a lot of positives today, except we also secured the No. 4 draft pick, so we’re excited to see what John can do with the draft picks we’ve accumulated as well as what we do in free agency.”

Browns OT Joe Thomas Still Not Sure of a Comeback in 2018

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas hasn’t decided yet if he will play next season, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

Thomas suffered a torn triceps on Oct. 22 against Tennessee and underwent season-ending surgery.

“I’m going to sit down with my family and kind of discuss where I am about continuing to play,” he said Thursday as the Browns (0-15) prepared for their season finale in Pittsburgh.

“I think it will come down to really, first and foremost, my health. Do I feel like I’m still playing at an elite level and do I still love it? For me, I feel like when I make that decision, which will be after the season, that is really what it is going to come down to.”

The 33-year-old Thomas said coach Hue Jackson’s future will have no bearing on his future. Thomas has been in Jackson’s corner for some time, and although the Browns are on the verge of a 0-16 season, he hasn’t changed his mind.

UCLA QB Josh Rosen Doesn’t Wanna Play for Browns; Wouldn’t Mind Going to Giants

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants over the Browns and would be hesitant to come out in next year’s NFL draft if he knew that Cleveland was going to take him with the No. 1 overall pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

This is hardly the first time that a player has expressed concern about landing in Cleveland, though that will not dissuade new Browns general manager John Dorsey from taking the player he believes is the best fit for his franchise.

Privately, Rosen has expressed concern about winding up in Cleveland and would rather be with a more stable franchise, such as the Giants.

Rosen plans to sit down with his parents after the Cactus Bowl for a “serious conversation” before making a final decision about whether to turn pro. Whether Cleveland has the No. 1 overall pick could influence his decision, according to a source.