Every year, it seems, we hear about the same group of men interviewing for NFL head coach openings, the coordinators or college coaches du jour, a couple who want another head gig after being fired from an earlier one, and maybe one or two who get meetings but never hired.
There aren’t many outside-the-box interviews, not many outside-the-box hires.
Well, the Cleveland Browns reportedly want to go way outside the box for one of their interviews.
Browns want to talk to Condoleezza Rice
Citing a league source, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday morning that the Browns would like to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a lifelong football fan, for their head coach opening.
Cleveland general manager John Dorsey said last week that he was open to hiring a woman as the team’s next head coach, but of the few women currently in the league, none are in a position to be head coach, at least not given the way teams traditionally do things.
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PALO ALTO, CA - CIRCA 1985: Professor Condoleezza Rice of Stanford University poses for a portrait circa November 1985 at her home on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice talks with Secretary of State Colin Powell. (Photo by ?? Brooks Kraft/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush's advisor on international affairs, makes an animated speech during the second night of the Republican National Convention at First Union Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
374856 15: Condoleezza Rice, international affairs advisor to Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. George W. Bush, greets delegates at the Republican National Convention August 1, 2000 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)
380475 09: Condoleezza Rice, Gov. George W. Bush''s foreign policy advisor, listens to her introduction to a crowd of supporters at a 'W Stands For Women' rally to help support the Republican ticket October 18, 2000 in Southfield, MI. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Newsmakers)
(Original Caption) George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. Bush has named Rice as his potential National Security Advisor. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Sygma via Getty Images)
Working with his senior staff, President George W. Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation from the Oval Office the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Pictured from left are: Alberto Gonzales, White House Counsel; Karen Hughes, Counselor; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary, and Andy Card, Chief of Staff. Photo by Paul Morse, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library/Getty Images
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East during the 63rd annual United Nations General Assembly meeting September 26, 2008 at UN headquarters in New York City. World leaders are gathering in New York for this year's general debate devoted to the midterm review of the Almaty Programme of Action which concerns the needs of developing countries. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
U.S. President George W. Bush makes a phone call to Spain's Prime
Minister Jose Maria Aznar while National Security Adviser Condoleezza
Rice listens in the Oval Office of the White House, March 10, 2003.
Bush is seeking support for a U.N. vote that could lead to war in Iraq.
Britain's foreign secretary Jack Straw kisses U.S. National Security
Advisor Condoleezza Rice as U.S. secretary of State Colin Powell looks
on during the official welcoming ceremony of U.S. President George W.
Bush at Buckingham Palace in London November 19, 2003. Bush is in
England on a four-day state visit. REUTERS/Jason Reed
US Secretary of State Rice listens to translation during visit to closing ceremony of international trade conference in Dakar. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice listens to a translation using headphones during a visit to the closing ceremony of an international trade conference in Senegal's capital Dakar July 20, 2005. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly Pictures of the month July 2005
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington May 26, 2006. Bush and Rice boarded Marine One to depart for the presidential retreat, Camp David, in Maryland. REUTERS/Larry Downing
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) meets South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon in Seoul October 19, 2006. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon(SOUTH KOREA)
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice waves upon her arrival for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah October 17, 2007. REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel (WEST BANK)
Desiree Fairooz of Texas, 50, jumps up in front of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before Rice testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington October 24, 2007. Fairooz, an anti-war protester waved blood-colored hands in Rice's face at a congressional hearing on Wednesday and shouted "war criminal!", but was pushed away and detained by police. At right is the committee Chairman Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA). REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies about the International Affairs Budget in front of the House State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 12, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presents an award onstage during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 15: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks about her new book, 'Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,' during the Newsmakers luncheon at the National Press Club October 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The book is about Rice's family and growing up in racially-segregated Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1950s and 60s. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Condoleezza Rice visits 'FOX And Friends' at FOX Studios on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
DAVIE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attends a Get-Out-To-Vote Event at Broward College on November 5, 2012 in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06: World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (L) and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice give a surprise performance of Robert Schumann's Fantasiestucke, Op. 73 at the 2017 Kennedy Center Arts Summit at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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Schefter writes, “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.” It could also open the door for Rice to take a different kind of role with the team.
If it comes to pass, Rice will be the first woman to interview for an NFL head coaching job.
Rice is Browns fan, football fan
The 64-year-old Rice is most known for her time in government – she served as National Security Advisor for President George W. Bush’s first term, and Secretary of State for his second. She has served as provost of Stanford University and has been a professor there as well.
She’s a huge football fan, having watched Browns games with her father, John, growing up in Birmingham, Ala., and has been in NFL commercials wearing Browns fan gear.
But does that really qualify someone to be an NFL head coach? Rice commands respect for her achievements, and players would likely listen to her – in another role. Players know when coaches don’t know Xs and Os, and Rice has never been on the sidelines in a coaching capacity.
In years past, there have been rumors or speculation that Rice might be a good fit as NFL commissioner; this is the first time she’s ever been speculated to be a coaching candidate.