Greg Schiano the ‘mystery candidate’ for Cleveland Browns head coach job

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Greg Schiano went 11-21 in two seasons as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach. He was immediately controversial in his intense ways on the sideline, upsetting longtime head coach Tom Coughlin when he coached his team to dive towards the quarterback during end-of-the-game kneel-down plays in 2012. In his second season he disgraced Josh Freeman (and arguably himself), saw his team struggle with an outbreak of MRSA in the locker room, and finished the year 4-12. He was then fired.

Other than that, things went great.

During the same off-season that Tampa Bay fired him, Schiano apparently has been considered a viable candidate for the Cleveland Browns job.

With Cleveland’s vacancy the only one remaining, we heard in recent days that there might be a “mystery candidate” for the job. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the following:

It’s interesting, but before we start making fun of the Browns for their interest in Schiano, we should also note the report from Ian Rapoport of

So there.


It’s settled then?

Schiano has also been linked to college jobs this off-season, something that seems like a more logical fit after his struggles at the NFL level. For a franchise that cannot seem to stay out of its own way, it’s hard to imagine Schiano being a good fit. For now, it appears they will avoid at least one field mine and not hire Schiano.