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Citing two high-ranking NFL personnel executives, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio says Oregon's Chip Kelly is Cleveland's clear top choice to coach the team.
Banner and new owner Jimmy Haslam III are committed to a Browns hierarchy that would afford the coach final say over the roster, with a general manager -- or lesser-titled front-office figure -- to assist with personnel decisions. The type of coach they bring in will dictate who they hire on the personnel side.
"If you hired a GM first and there was a great head coach that wanted control, you'd be limiting that," Banner said Monday, via The Plain Dealer. "We made the determination that the greater impact on our future was going to be the head coach, and we wanted (his) skill set to kind of drive what we'd be looking for (in a GM or personnel director)."