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Report: Browns want to interview Condoleezza Rice for head-coaching job

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Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said recently he’d consider hiring a woman as the next Browns head coach. And apparently, Dorsey’s dead serious. The Browns GM even has a big-name candidate in mind that he’d like to interview for the job: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN:

The Browns would like to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head-coaching job, a league source tells ESPN.

Rice, 64, would become the first woman ever to interview for an NFL head-coaching job if the Browns do bring her in.

Rice has strong Browns connections. She is a lifelong Browns fan, which she got from her father, and has also been featured in a Browns jersey in NFL ads.

Rice has also become more involved in sports since serving as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. She was one of the inaugural members of the College Football Playoff selection committee, where she worked from 2013 to 2016.

Needless to say, it would be an earth-shattering move by the Browns on so many levels if they did end up hiring Rice as head coach. Aside from being the first female NFL coach, the fact that she is also a former high-ranking government official and has absolutely zero coaching experience would also be obviously noteworthy details about the hire.

It’s hard to see how Condoleezza Rice being the Browns head coach becomes a reality, though. It would make completely zero sense from a footballing perspective for the Browns to hire an unqualified candidate with zero relevant coaching experience. Moreover, Rice would likely be smart enough to know that she’s not the right person for the job.

It’s much more likely that Rice settles into more of front-office capacity in Cleveland if she does end up getting a role within the organization. But with the Browns, you just never know.