Browns general manager John Dorsey said last week that he might be interested in hiring a woman to become the new head coach of the struggling Cleveland Browns, who, after their abysmal 2017 season, are currently ranked dead last in the AFC North. And according to ESPN, Dorsey has a name in mind: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
An interview with Rice would set a historic precedent, allowing Condi to add another "first" to her resume: In addition to being the first black female secretary of state, she would become the first woman to ever interview for an NFL head coaching job.
The Browns would like to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head-coaching job, a league source tells ESPN.
If the Browns follow through on it, Rice would become the first woman to interview for an NFL head-coaching job.
A potential interview hardly means the Browns will hire Rice, but they are interested in talking to her about the job and seeing what she could bring to the position and the organization.
"She's an amazing person," one Browns source told ESPN.
The interview process could even lead to Rice becoming more involved in the organization in an official capacity or as a consultant.
Rice has been featured in a Browns jersey in NFL ads. There has also been speculation that she could be a candidate for NFL commissioner following the departure of Roger Goodell. Rice has also been involved in collegiate athletics, including a commission on college basketball that recommended major changes to the sport this year.
Here's Condi Rice rocking a Browns jersey inside NFL Shop's magazine pic.twitter.com/Db7642ww— Steve Cochran (@CochranShow) November 6, 2012
As ESPN reminds us, Cleveland's interest in Condi follows several other high-profile hires of female coaching staff, including the San Antonio Spurs' hiring of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, the Buffalo Bills hiring of Kathryn Smith as a quality control assistant, the Oakland Raiders hiring of Kelsey Martinez to their strength staff, and the San Francisco 49ers hiring of Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.
The news was understandably met with a mix of shock and amazement on twitter...
I must still be high from yesterday because I thought I read Condeleeza Rice was getting an interview as the head coach of the Browns— Bert (@D0peboyfresh) November 18, 2018
When you hear the Cleveland Browns are considering hiring Condeleeza Rice as head coach pic.twitter.com/u1cws2YVv3— NYK-NYJ-NYY-4LIFE (@knicksjets4life) November 18, 2018
...along with a few humorous suggestions...
Condeleeza Rice can be the next #Browns coach but only if Michelle Obama is the OC and Oprah is the DC.— John Forchione (@johnforchione) November 18, 2018
If yur gonna do it, do it right!
...and Mike Francesca shared a few thoughts on his show.
Mike Francesa gets the news that the #Browns are interested in interviewing Condoleezza Rice for their head coaching position. Yes, this clip is every bit as good as you might imagine. 😂 pic.twitter.com/8ODlXbdfT5— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) November 18, 2018
Interviewing Condi is probably a publicity stunt. But the Browns are a desperate franchise, particularly after their spectacularly awful 0-17 season.
Condeleeza Rice as an NFL coach is definitely a crazy, outside the box idea - also, most likely, therefore, a publicity stunt. But if it does happen, I’m not sure I’m capable of processing it.— Matt Birschbach (@Wigatta) November 18, 2018
As President Trump would say: What do they have to lose?