Browns president Mike Holmgren began looking for Cleveland's next coach just hours after firing Eric Mangini.
Holmgren would not rule out coaching again, but said Monday he is not part of the initial search to find a replacement for Mangini, who was dismissed after going 10-22 in two seasons. Holmgren sent out applications Monday for permission to speak with potential NFL candidates.
Holmgren said his search will not be limited to those with pro experience. He has no timetable to find Mangini's successor and said it's vital to get it right.
Cleveland's next coach will be the franchise's fifth since 1999. Holmgren is confident Cleveland's job is appealing because "this is one of the great jobs in the country." He did not divulge the names of any candidates.