With the Browns being one of the worst teams in football, last year they were given the opportunity to coach the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama which led them to drafting Larry Ogunjobi in the third round and Matthew Dayes in the seventh round.
This year they won’t be getting that same opportunity.
Although it isn’t officially confirmed, the Cleveland Browns have been passed over to coach the top senior prospects in college football.
Multiple reports have stated the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans will be the two coaching staffs representing.
The NFL selects the teams starting with the teams with the worst records.
A team can be passed over due to a head coaching or staff changes which the Browns have been rumored to be making some changes to the staff.
The Browns have come out and said they declined the invite due to “internal evaluation” and also due to their ongoing search for an offensive coordinator.
Bleacher Report NFL Draft lead writer Matt Miller had this to say:
This is just another knock against Hue Jackson and the Browns coaching staff which Jimmy Haslam has decided is the best group of coaches to lead his organization going forward.
It’s bad enough that they’ve gone 1-31 over two seasons including the dreaded 0-16 mark for the 2017 season.
Now you have other NFL teams saying they can’t even run practices for an All-Star game properly.
Last year, they fired the defensive coordinator Ray Horton, hired a new one in Gregg Williams and was able to coach in the Senior Bowl.
I don’t buy they declined the invitation. The NFL probably passed them over due to the numerous complaints from teams in how they handled last year’s practice sessions.
You have to wonder what general manager John Dorsey thought of it while he was general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs this time a year ago.
If other teams didn’t like it, I’m sure Dorsey wasn’t fond of it.
It would’ve been nice to have the Browns up close with the talent that was going to be in the game especially Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield who could be an option for Cleveland in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.