The Cleveland Browns made it official on Thursday night: they conducted an interview with the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and the current offensive line coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Doug Marrone.
By now, you all know the history.
The polarizing Marrone had it worked into his contract to be able to opt-out of his deal if ownership changed hands, and Marrone took advantage of and ended his tenure with the Bills early. Although he interviewed for some jobs, no NFL teams decided to make him their new head coach during the 2015 offseason.
Now into the 2016 offseason, Marrone is once again making the interview rounds, and the Browns seem to be interested -- but it might be a tough sell to the players in the locker room.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, sources told her that some of the members of the team are concerned about potentially playing for Marrone. And some of the players may decide to opt out from the situation entirely, and choose not to play for Marrone unless the Browns can convince them that "Marrone has changed."
Cabot went on to write:
"Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has made it clear that he'll ask to be traded if he doesn't like the new coach, and Marrone's methods -- described by Bills players as more college-oriented than pro -- might not fit him. If Thomas asks out, center Alex Mack, who can opt of out his contract in March, would possibly bolt too."
After Marrone had left the team, many players on the team spoke out regarding Marrone's time with the team.
The Browns are still going through the interview process.
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