The ESPN report that the Cleveland Browns are interested in interviewing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their open head coaching position is the best kind of rumor: unexpected, bonkers, and completely out of left field.
With the team struggling for form in the AFC North division, and without a head coach since sacking Hue Jackson following defeat to rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers nearly a month ago, ESPN reported that bosses were considering a shock move for Ms Rice in a bid to get their season on track.
Yeah, that went exactly as we expected. If Cleveland does follow through on the interest it would mark the first time a woman had been considered for such a position in the NFL.
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Since the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson two weeks ago, there have been several names floated as potential replacements. No woman ever has served as head coach for a team in the four major US sports leagues. "And at no time will I call for a 'prevent defense, '" Rice said. Rice was Secretary of State from 2005-09 under George W. Bush and has since become a member of the College Football Playoff Committee and chairs the Commission on College Basketball.
Dorsey is even interested in interviewing someone with no experience: Condoleezza Rice.
Rice's last reference is common among die-hard Browns fans, who still bemoan then-coach Marty Schottenheimer's decision to play soft coverage in the 1986 AFC championship game when Denver quarterback John Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards to a game-tying touchdown in the final seconds. She has never coached football at any level, however.