Browns coaching search: Rumor roundup

Whisenhunt, 51, might be the top name among the coaching retreads looking for a second opportunity.  

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are nearing the end of the second week of their coaching search.

They’ve interviewed at least four known candidates: New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo.

McDaniels removed himself from consideration on Wednesday, and a person familiar with the decision told the AP he did so because he wasn’t guaranteed he was the favorite. McDaniels went 11-17 as Denver’s coach, and he was the perceived favorite to get Cleveland’s job.

ESPN reported that the Browns will interview San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on Saturday. Whisenhunt, who is also reportedly in the mix for the vacancies in Detroit and Tennessee, had two interviews with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner last year before they hired Rob Chudzinski.

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It’s interesting Whisenhunt would agree to three interviews in the same week the Chargers are preparing to play Denver on Sunday in the AFC playoffs.

Whisenhunt, who led Arizona to a Super Bowl, was thought to have the inside track at taking over the Browns a year ago, but the team instead hired Chudzinski, who was fired following a 4-12 season.

Banner had said it was unlikely the Browns would meet with any previous candidates.

"I don’t think there will be anybody from last year’s search who will be a candidate this year," he said on Dec. 30.

The Browns are not commenting during their search for the club’s seventh full-time coach since 1999.