NFL's Cleveland Browns rule out Condoleezza Rice for head coach job

Cleveland GM John Dorsey said last week he was open to hiring a woman for the position vacated by the fired Hue Jackson, as Cleveland has had a merry-go-round of failed coaches this century.

Football returned to Cleveland in 1999 and the Browns have not had a ton of success in terms of actually winning football games.

But shortly after the ESPN story was posted online, Dorsey released a statement calling Rice a "great leader" who "possesses the highest possible character".

She could also be brought aboard as a franchise consultant, per the report.

She has appeared in National Football League merchandise ads wearing Browns jerseys and her name has been often mentioned as a candidate for National Football League commissioner.

GettyNick Chubb set a pair of Cleveland Browns records against the Atlanta Falcons
GettyNick Chubb set a pair of Cleveland Browns records against the Atlanta Falcons

Rice herself refuted the claims on Facebook, writing: "I'm not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas!" The ever-opinionated, legendary WFAN radio host ranted for roughly two minutes about how Cleveland's reported interested in Rice is an example of why the Browns are the biggest "losers" in the NFL.

She told ESPN in 2015 that she watched an estimated 14 to 15 games every Saturday.

Earlier this week, Dorsey said he would consider a wide-range of candidates. No woman ever has served as head coach for a team in the four major USA sports leagues. "It could be a woman, too. I am serious. Who knows?"

She served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005-09. She was on the first College Football Playoff Committee and was a committee member from 2013 to 2016.

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