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NFL Rumors: Browns reportedly plan to interview Ravens OC Greg Roman for head coach opening

NFL Rumors: Browns reportedly plan to interview Ravens OC Greg Roman for head coach opening

The Ravens have the week off as they wait to host either the Titans, Texans or Bills in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs. 

In the meantime, opposing teams will have extra opportunity to interview Baltimore's coaching staff for possible head coaching openings.

Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Don Martindale confirmed they were receiving interest from other organizations. Roman, in particular, appears to have an interview set up within the AFC North. 

According to Ian Rapoport, the Browns plan to interview Roman for the head coaching job recently vacated by Freddie Kitchens on Thursday night. Cleveland has also interviewed former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy for the same position, per Rapoport. 

The talent level within the Browns' offense is undeniable. But for whatever reason, Kitchens and Baker Mayfield could make it work with Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, David Njoku and Kareem Hunt. 

Mayfield has a different skill set than Lamar Jackson, but Roman has a track record of molding his offense to his best player's strengths. If he were to take over as Cleveland's head coach, could he lead Mayfield to a similar leap Jackson made this year?

The Browns head coaching job is simply different than almost every other team. They've gone through six different head coaches in the last 10 years alone, and they recently parted ways with general manager John Dorsey after two years. Job security is never a guarantee in the NFL, and that's especially true in Cleveland. 

Roman already stated his focus is solely on the 14-2 Ravens as the path to the Super Bowl runs through Baltimore. But for all the teams who missed the playoffs, they're understandably uninterested in waiting. 

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Browns part ways with GM John Dorsey

Browns part ways with GM John Dorsey

The Browns were uncharacteristically quiet on "Black Monday" and the days following last season, so this year they had to make up for it. 

After already firing head coach Freddie Kitchens, the Browns parted ways with general manager John Dorsey, according to the team. Dorsey and owner Jimmy Haslam could come to an agreement on restructuring the organization moving forward per Schefter's report. 

Dorsey arrived in Cleveland two years ago after a run as the Chiefs' general manager from 2013-2016.

With the Browns, Dorsey's biggest moves involved drafting Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb while trading for Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. 

The Browns entered the 2019 season with hopes of making the Super Bowl but instead finished 6-10. Mayfield didn't take a step forward in his second season under center, the locker room dysfunction returned, so now Haslam is cleaning house. 

Not that the Ravens were all that worried about the Browns anyway, but another restart by a division rival bodes well for Baltimore's success next season. 

And as the Redskins move on from Bruce Allen, Dorsey could be an option to run football operations alongside reported new coach Ron Rivera. Their interest in him is not yet known, but Dorsey's track record speaks for itself. He knows how to find talent. 

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Jarvis Landry joins Odell Beckham Jr. as the latest player to reportedly ask off the Browns

Jarvis Landry joins Odell Beckham Jr. as the latest player to reportedly ask off the Browns

It's safe to say the Browns weren't expecting this season to play out the way it has. 

After years dwelling in the NFL's cellar, franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield coming into his first full season under center and adding Odell Beckham Jr. to the mix, the Browns were expected to at least make the playoffs and perhaps challenge for a Super Bowl berth. 

Not only have the Browns not been able to put together wins on the field, but they're also experiencing plenty of issues off of it. 

On top of Odell Beckham's reported desire to get himself out of Cleveland, fellow receiver Jarvis Landry was among Browns players telling the Cardinals sideline to "come get me" during their 34-28 loss in Week 15. 

Beckham has a track record of bringing drama to the team he plays on, but when you have multiple players telling another team's sideline that they want out during a game, that's trouble. 

The Ravens are riding a 10-game winning streak coming into their Week 16 matchup and need one more win to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. 

For the Browns, team turmoil is dangerous against any NFL team. But against perhaps the best team in the league? Fatal. 

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