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Browns play waiting game in search for coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm •  Published: January 19, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Super Bowl is set. The Browns' coaching search remains incomplete.

The quest to replace Rob Chudzinski enters its fourth week.

Cleveland's plans to interview Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase have been further delayed after the Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl with a 26-16 win over New England in Sunday's AFC championship game.

The 35-year-old Gase is high on the Browns' list of candidates to become the club's seventh coach since 1999, and the team must now wait until after Denver's Feb. 2 matchup against Seattle before they can meet with him.

It's possible the Browns will move on without Gase.

He was the first candidate the Browns asked permission to speak with after firing Chudzinski in the hours following a Dec. 29 loss at Pittsburgh.

Gase, though, declined Cleveland's offer for an interview so he could focus on the Broncos' playoff run and there have been reports he's content working with Peyton Manning and would like to spend at least one more season on Denver's staff.

While the Browns decide what move to make with Gase, they can conduct a second interview with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The 43-year-old was the first candidate interviewed by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner, who have met with at least eight known candidates but not offered anyone the job. Quinn has directed the NFL's top defense this season and he reportedly impressed the Browns during his initial interview on Jan. 1.

Per NFL rules, if the Browns want to meet again with Quinn, they must do so before Jan. 26 and Seattle would have to grant Cleveland permission.

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