Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is working to reassure fans that he will find the right head coach for the team, even if it takes a little time.
The letter comes more than three weeks after the team fired Rob Chudzinski following just one season as head coach. Chudzinski was ousted on Sunday, Dec. 29 -- the same day as the final game of the season when the Browns lost to the Steelers 7-20.
The Browns are the only team still without a head coach, and their search has faced some criticism. The NFL Network even said the job was viewed as "radioactive" in NFL circles, maybe because Chudzinski was fired after only one season. In addition, Haslam's company, Pilot Flying J, is in the midst of a federal investigation and multiple lawsuits for a scheme that shortchanged trucking companies on rebates they were due.
Here is the full letter issued to season ticket holders:
I thought it was important to take a little bit of time to update you on our head-coach search. We have had the opportunity to speak to a number of outstanding candidates. We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns.
We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team.
We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers. In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.
We are very much looking forward to adding a strong coach to our football team. On behalf of the Cleveland Browns, I cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and passion that you show for our team.
We look forward to communicating with you again after the search process is complete. Thank you again for your phenomenal support and loyalty.
The day after Chudzinski was fired, owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner hosted a press conference where they addressed criticisms from fans while saying they are determined to find a leader who can help them win.
Since then, the Browns have reportedly interviewed multiple prospects to take the post, including Josh McDaniels, Ken Whisenhunt, who eventually went to the Titans, and Ben McAdoo.
WKYC-TV contributed to this report