NFL Insider Names Dabo Swinney A Candidate For The Browns Job

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)A couple of major college football head coaches have been named candidates for the Cleveland Browns’ job now that former head coach Hue Jackson was fired.Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley and Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell are both thought to be potential targets for the Browns’ coaching search.One NFL insider has named another top college coach a potential candidate, too.Yahoo! Sports’ NFL insider Charles Robinson has named Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney a potential option for the Browns, though he writes that it’s unlikely he’d take it.Robinson, though, does think Swinney will eventually take a shot at the NFL.Listening to some people around the NFL who know Swinney, I’m convinced he will eventually take a shot at the next level of football. His backers in the league – some of whom suggested Monday the Browns would be wise to take a big swing for him – have thought about his candidacy down to a granular level. From the potential coaching support staff that Swinney could have lined up quickly, to executives who would be willing to work with him and Dorsey, to how his offense could be tailored to maximize Baker’s growth in the NFL. That’s a lot of thought on a guy who doesn’t instantly jump to the top of most Browns coaching lists.For his part, Swinney has had an opportunity to shut down NFL talk in the past but declined to completely close the door. But one league source suggested given Swinney’s massive college football salary – nearly $9 million per season – it would likely take a Jon Gruden-type of commitment to get him locked down. As in, maybe 10 years and $100 million. Why? Well, he may be in line to replace Nick Saban at Alabama, should Saban choose to go be grumpy in some other wildly successful life pursuit. But as one league source said Monday, “Following Nick Saban’s record at Alabama is a lot harder than following [Saban’s] record in the NFL. Dabo is his own guy, too. I don’t think he’s all that interested in being a successor to anyone in college.” Added another, “He’s the guy Haslam can hire to come in and rebuild the whole culture – and they still need that.”It is easy to see Swinney succeeding at the next level, but it’s also hard to see him leaving what he’s built at Clemson – for now, anyway. The Tigers have become one of the top three programs in the country under Swinney’s leadership and he has that program rolling right now. Would he leave a chance at multiple national championships for the Browns’ head coaching job? That seems doubtful.Stay tuned.last_img read more