Rapoport: Browns ask to interview Robert Saleh

Cleveland dispatched of Freddie Kitchens after 6-10 season

Karl Buscheck
December 30, 2019 - 10:03 am
Browns reportedly ask to interview Robert Saleh

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On the heels of whacking Freddie Kitchens, after a lone season at the helm in Cleveland, the Browns are purportedly interested in Robert Saleh.

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Saleh, the 49er defensive coordiantor, won't be back in action until Jan. 11 when his club hosts either the Vikings, Eagles or Seahawks in the divisional round of the postseason. That will play into Saleh's favor, as head coach Kyle Shanahan detailed at his Monday afternoon press conference in Santa Clara.

Here's the full exchnage with reporters, via the club:

REPORTER: You went through sort of a similar process. With defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, there’s a report that he was requested by the Cleveland Browns for an interview for the head coaching position. You had a request at the same time when the Falcons were in the playoffs a couple years ago. Just, what’s that process like for a coordinator during the playoffs?

SHANAHAN: It’s different. It’s kind of two different worlds. You’ve got to dedicate some time to that and the rest of your time is doing whatever you can to win the playoff games. It’s actually a perfect situation for Saleh like it was for me because I was fortunate to have the Bye week, also. When you have a Bye week, we’re going to get a couple days off at the end of this week. That’s the only thing that stinks for Saleh because he won’t’ get those days off because he’ll be preparing for an interview one day and then probably doing the interview the next day. But, it’s perfect when you’ve got the Bye week because we’ve got the time to do it. Usually those two days happen and then it’s over. I don’t even think they’re allowed to talk to the guy after that. We’re working every single day getting ready for the playoff game.

REPORTER: Are the Browns the only team that has requested to talk to him?

SHANAHAN: Yes, today. Yeah, so far. That’s the only request I’ve gotten.

REPORTER: And will he travel for that interview or will they come to him?

SHANAHAN: No, they’ll come here.”

REPORTER: I ask this seriously, as far as your history, your season with the Browns and what you experienced, have you had that conversation with Robert about what went on it your season in Cleveland?

SHANAHAN: No, I haven’t yet. I don’t think that has anything to do with the people who are there now. I’m pumped for Saleh to get this opportunity and Mr. and Mrs. Haslam are great people and I think they’re great people to work for. We’ll see how the interview goes for him.

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