PUT BOBBY Ross front and center in the early speculation to become the next coach of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns say they won't fill the position until next month, but members of the organization are voicing a preference for Ross and are expected to soon inquire about his interest.
If it's positive and he is willing to leave Georgia Tech,then the Browns will pursue him as their next coach. Yesterday, the Browns created the expected vacancy when they moved interim coach Jim Shofner, who took over in midseason for the deposed Bud Carson, to director of player personnel.
The Browns concluded the year with a 3-13 record, their worst in history, going back to their original season of 1946. Owner Art Modell said Shofner will join the personnel staff headed by Ernie Accorsi, vice president of football operations, and Mike Lombardi, director of pro personnel.