Dabo Swinney Has Addressed The Cleveland Browns Job

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney was, somewhat surprisingly, named a potential candidate for the Cleveland Browns job, which opened up this week with Hue Jackson’s firing.Yahoo! Sports NFL insider Charles Robinson listed Swinney as one of three potential candidates for the job.“Listening to some people around the NFL who know Swinney, I’m convinced he will eventually take a shot at the next level of football. His backers in the league – some of whom suggested Monday the Browns would be wise to take a big swing for him – have thought about his candidacy down to a granular level. From the potential coaching support staff that Swinney could have lined up quickly, to executives who would be willing to work with him and Dorsey, to how his offense could be tailored to maximize Baker’s growth in the NFL. That’s a lot of thought on a guy who doesn’t instantly jump to the top of most Browns coaching lists,” he wrote.Swinney, though, doesn’t appear to be interested in the job.“Oh man, no. I’m happy right where I’m at,” Swinney told reporters after practice this week. “Y’all have been around here forever, and it’s November. It’s almost November. It’s November tomorrow. About every November there’s always some type of either I’m getting a job or somebody on my staff’s getting a job or whatever. And so that just kind of comes with the territory. Y’all know me. I’ve always said the same thing every year, any time it comes up. I don’t think you can ever say never. I mean are you never going to go work for USA Today? Are you never going to work for Sports Illustrated? You can’t say never.”Swinney was then asked if coaching in the NFL was something he might be interested in.“Who knows? I live in the now and I never say never to anything just because you have no idea,” Swinney said. “Who’s to say five years from now, these people may be ready for me to get on a boat on the moat and ride out of here. Who knows what the dynamic… Shoot, they may just do away with college football and I need somewhere to work. Who knows? All I can tell you is I love my job and I love Clemson. And y’all can look at my track record, I’ve only been at two places. I’ve never been a guy that’s really worried about the next job. I’ve just always tried to be great where I am.”“I know those questions… sometimes there’s been jobs that have been offered to me that nobody knows, and that’s great because that’s how I operate to this day. And that’s awesome. But then you get stuff like this where people will throw your name out for things. I get it’s fun to speculate and people don’t mean any ill will, but my complete focus is on Clemson, and I hope I’m here for a long, long, long, long, long time.“I think it’s cold in Cleveland too isn’t it? Like really cool. I hate the cold. Ironically I did go to Cleveland in May. It’s actually a pretty place. I had never been there. The facility is in a neighborhood. I had never been. It was actually cool. I went up to a Cavs game. We went up to the Cavs-Raptors. I’ve got some friends up there on that staff. We went up to the facility. It’s actually a really cool place. It was a neat city right there on Lake Eerie and all of that. It was neat to be able to see that. I’m sure they’ll do a great job in getting the right guy in there.”Swinney does have it pretty great with where he’s at right now, of course. Clemson is one of the top three programs in the country and the Tigers appear to be in line for another College Football Playoff appearance.Stay tuned.last_img

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