With the news breaking Wednesday night that Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will interview Thursday for the vacant head coaching job of the Cleveland Browns, here’s a look at the other names around the league that have been linked to the Browns head coaching post.
While some might see the Cleveland job as an unattractive one with a seemingly misguided course for the future (see: Richardson trade, Chudzinski firing combo), the fact remains that they have a top 10 defense with a good deal of talent. The offense is what needs fixing including a search for a better quarterback answer.
But as Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pointed out in his letter to Cleveland fans, their club has more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. They also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.
Candidates still in contention for Browns job
Adam Gase – Denver Broncos offensive coordinator – Reported to be the front runner for Browns job, but has not yet interviewed with Broncos still in playoffs.
Mike Munchak – Former Tennessee Titans head coach – Interviewed, reported to be a fallback option.
Dan Quinn – Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator – Interviewed, still coaching in playoffs. Reported to be a fallback option.
Mike Pettine – Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator – Scheduled to interview Thursday.
Bob Stoops – Oklahoma Sooners head coach – Only reported by media to be a candidate.
Candidates no longer in contention
Todd Bowles – Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator – Removed himself from consideration for job.
Ben McAdoo – Green Bay Packers QBs coach – Hired as Giants offensive coordinator.
Josh McDaniels – New England Patriots offensive coordinator – Removed himself from consideration for job.
Ken Whisenhunt – San Diego offensive coordinator – Accepted Tennessee Titans head coaching post.
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