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The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time 

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Throughout their time as a football franchise, the Cleveland Browns have had a variety of coaches, but who is the best Cleveland Browns head coach of all time? We want you to help us answer that question by voting for your favorite Cleveland Browns coaches, keeping stats like Super Bowl wins and playoff runs in mind.
 
The Browns first coach, Paul Brown, is the only Cleveland head coach to have been inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame as a coach. He won 3 NFL Championships with the team, which was of course before the NFL and AFL merged.
 
Unfortunately the Browns haven't made the playoffs in the last 10 seasons, with the last appearance being in 2004 under head coach Butch Davis. The head coaches of Cleveland have had very short life spans recently, and is currently coached by Mike Pettine.
 
If the Cleveland Browns had a best of all time team, who would coach it? Vote for your favorites below, even  if the coach never won a championship with the Cleveland Browns.
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Paul Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)
Paul Eugene Brown (September 7, 1908 – August 5, 1991) was an American football coach and executive in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). Brown was ...more

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Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 76
Martin Edward Schottenheimer (; born September 23, 1943) is a former professional American football player and coach who served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 21 ...more

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Blanton Collier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1906-1983)
Blanton Long Collier (July 2, 1906 – March 22, 1983) was an American football head coach who coached at the University of Kentucky between 1954 and 1961 and for the Cleveland Browns in the ...more
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Sam Rutigliano is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 86
Sam William Rutigliano (born July 1, 1933) is a former NFL and college football coach and current television football analyst for WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland.
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Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 67
William Stephen Belichick ( or (; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). His extensive ...more

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Forrest Gregg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 86
Alvis Forrest Gregg (October 18, 1933 – April 12, 2019) was an American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL), the Canadian Football League and the NCAA. A Pro Football ...more

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Bud Carson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1930-2005)
Leon H. "Bud" Carson (April 28, 1930 – December 7, 2005) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the Georgia Institute of Technology from ...more
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Butch Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 68
Paul Hilton "Butch" Davis Jr. (born November 17, 1951) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at Florida International University. After graduating from the ...more
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Romeo Crennel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 72
Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He has ...more

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Dick Modzelewski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 88
Richard Blair Modzelewski (February 16, 1931 – October 19, 2018) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, New ...more
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Mike Pettine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 53
Michael Mark Pettine (born September 25, 1966) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League ...more
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Rob Chudzinski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 51
Robert Matthew Chudzinski (born May 12, 1968) is an American football coach. He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns during the 2013 NFL season.
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Nick Skorich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)
Nicholas Leonard Skorich (June 26, 1921 – October 2, 2004) was an American football player and coach. Skorich played guard at Bellaire High School and the University of Cincinnati before joining ...more
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Terry Robiskie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 65
Terrance Joseph "Terry" Robiskie (born November 12, 1954) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the running backs coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the ...more

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Eric Mangini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 48
Eric Anthony Mangini (born January 19, 1971) is an American football coach who last served as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Mangini ...more

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Pat Shurmur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 54
Patrick Carl Shurmur (born April 14, 1965), is an American football coach who is the head coach of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach of the ...more
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Chris Palmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 70
Chris Palmer (born September 23, 1949) is an American college athletics administrator and former football coach. He is the athletic director at the University of New Haven. Palmer served as the ...more
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Jim Shofner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
Jim Shofner
age 84
James Bernard Shofner (born December 18, 1935) is a former American football player and coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He was twice a head coach: first at Texas Christian ...more
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Hue Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns Coaches of All Time
age 54
Hue Jackson (born October 22, 1965) is an American football coach. He has served as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He has ...more