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Browns targeting Urban Meyer to be next head coach

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The Cleveland Browns fired Freddie Kitchens after one season as the head coach and are gathering a list of candidates to replace him. At the top of their list, Cleveland is targeting Urban Meyer to be the team’s next head coach, per Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Meyer spent 2019 as a college football analyst on Saturdays for Fox Sports. Of course, before he became an analyst and now target for the Browns’ head-coach vacancy, Meyer was an accomplished college football coach for 17 years.

Most recently, Meyer was the head coach at Ohio State from 2012-18. During his time at Ohio State, he led the Buckeyes to an 83-9 record and a National Championship victory in 2014.

Of course, Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State came to a screeching halt amid allegations that he was aware of one of his assistants committing domestic violence. The longtime college coach chose to step down and take a job as an analyst.

Over the past few months, Meyer’s name has been mentioned among the group of college coaches who could make the leap to the NFL. It remains to be seen if Meyer is interested in taking the Browns’ head coaching job—let alone coach in the NFL.

Besides firing Kitchens, Cleveland parted ways with John Dorsey as the team’s general manager. Therefore, Jimmy Haslam—the Browns owner—is getting more heat for the constant flux at head coach and general manager.

Since Haslam became the owner in 2011, the Browns have had six different head coaches. Provided that, not many coaches are keen on accepting the job in Cleveland. But maybe a pairing of Meyer and the Browns could be exactly what the franchise needs.