Posted January 14, 2014

Latest NFL coaching rumors: Another candidate withdraws from Browns’ search

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Candidates for the Browns' vacancy are dropping left and right.

Candidates for the Browns’ vacancy are dropping left and right. (David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

What’s the latest news surrounding the 2014 NFL coaching carousel? Find updates about all the latest coaching rumors below.

Jan. 14

Browns

Fox Sports: “Cardinals DC Todd Bowles has told the Browns to withdraw his name from their list of HC candidates, source tells FOX Sports 1.”

Denver Post: “According to two NFL sources, the Browns are waiting on first-year Denver offensive coordinator [Adam Gase] to become available for an interview before they hire a head coach. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also reported Monday that Gase could be the Browns’ top target.”

Lions

• ESPN: (UPDATE: The Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as coach.) “With [Ken] Whisenhunt out of the mix, the Lions are focusing more closely on Jim Caldwell as a leading candidate for their vacancy. … The Lions also have had a former Paterno player, ex-Titans coach Mike Munchak, high on their list. Sources said they were ‘pleasantly surprised’ with Munchak’s plan, presence and leadership.”

Vikings

• ESPN: “Bengals DC Mike Zimmer is in Minnesota today for a second interview for the Vikings HC job.”

ProFootballTalk.com: “Per a league source, the Vikings still have no timetable for filling the job.  The team is taking a methodical approach, considering multiple qualified candidates.”


Jan. 13

Titans

• Tennessean: (UPDATE: Ken Whisenhunt has been hired as next coach of the Titans.“The Lions have long been considered the favorite to land Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, but hearing the Titans very interested.” Whisenhunt’s Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday night.

ProFootballTalk: “With the team reportedly interested in Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, the Titans can’t talk to him until the Seattle season has ended. … The Titans can’t [interview him], because they didn’t interview Quinn during the bye week — because they didn’t fire Munchak until the bye week had nearly ended.”

Browns

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “A national report that former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has been talking the team down to its current head coaching candidates is false, a league source told cleveland.com. The source said Chudzinski has not talked to any of the Browns candidates.” NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that several candidates had called the one-and-done Cleveland coach to gain insight on the vacancy.

Fox Sports: “Source tells FOXSports that Mike Munchak is interviewing today for Browns head coaching job.”


Jan. 12

Browns

NFL.com: “[Rob] Chudzinski, incidentally, is an issue for the Browns. Ian Rapoport was told that candidates have been calling the one-and-done coach, asking what exactly went down in C-Town this season. ‘He’s been honest with them,’ Rapoport said. ‘When you talk to people involved in these interviews, it doesn’t sound like Banner, Lombardi and Haslam have all been on the same page.’”

Lions

ESPN: “While Ken Whisenhunt is odds-on favorite to pick his next team as HC, Mike Munchak ‘surprised’ Lions with strong interview. Don’t ignore.”

Vikings

ESPN: “Bengals DC Mike Zimmer is expected to have his 2nd interview with the Vikings early next week.” The Vikings interviewed 49ers assistants Greg Roman and Jim Tomsula Saturday.

Titans

NFL.com: “Titans have 1 interview left on the docket: Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, a top candidate. I’m told they’re inclined to wait. Could be a while.”


Jan. 11

Browns

• CBS Sports: “The Cleveland Browns have not given up hope on landing Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their next head coach … Browns officials [also] remain very intrigued by Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, a source said, and have not given up on landing him as well.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Thursday during a radio interview in Columbus that he’d be interested in an NFL job. but it’s not likely to be with the Browns. Nothing’s changed since last week when a league source told cleveland.com that a report on Akron’s ESPN 1350 that Tressel would interview with the Browns was false.”

Lions

• CBS Sports: “The Lions were the first team to interview him [Ken Whisenhunt] (he also met with the Titans and Browns, according to sources), and league sources said Whisenhunt remains very interested in that opening and the offensive pieces already in place.”

Titans

• Tennessee interviewed Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt for their coaching vacancy on Friday night, according to the team’s official Twitter feed. Whisenhunt will help coach the Chargers against the Broncos on Sunday.

Vikings

CBS Sports: “The Vikings … had good meetings with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, sources said, and they could end up the three finalist for that job.”

ESPN: “San Francisco OC Greg Roman will interview today [Saturday] for the Minnesota Vikings head coaching job.”

Fox Sports: “Vikings will interview 49ers D-line coach Jim Tomsula today … Tomsula is interesting Vikings HC candidate. Might have gotten 49ers HC job if Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t have accepted. Well-respected.”

101 comments
GordyBell
GordyBell

Who so ever gets Cleveland to a Superbowl. Will make history

GordyBell
GordyBell

Copy your team like Denver. Denver got this far with a HOF QB.problem solved lay down the money for Rodgers. Or Brady. Or even eli. Go ask Kurt warner

drambuie
drambuie

I think ALL of the front office people and the owner get what they so deserve and I believe they are getting the due this time around.  New owner, coach, G.M.....yeah so much for a continued effort to manage the Browns from start to finish.  They SHOULD never had fired CHUD....PERIOD!!!!  It shows exactly how much you can trust the people above the head coaching job that is still VACANT and I hope it stays that way, because owners and G.M.'s need a wake up call and if I were one of those that are going to get an interview, I would have to say, THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!!!  Maybe they can get Lombardi to coach or Hell even Haslam should give it a shot and maybe he would be a better coach than an OWNER!!!

I hope they all get what is due for being jerks and fools and I hope they get to the draft too without a head coach, because if it was my turn to be interviewed I'd have to give them a thumbs down!!!!

Starstruck
Starstruck

I don't think a truly promising OC or DC should jeopardize their career by taking a dead-end job as the Browns head coach.  It reeks of desperation - as if they think they will never get another chance. While there are only 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL - an exclusive fraternity -  this seems to be an era where the potential candidates have weaker credentials than in the past. A really good candidate should wait for the best possible opportunity. 

joe6647
joe6647

A team's list of available HC candidates that want to come there becomes extremely short if you only give a new HC one year to succeed 

Cool
Cool

Maybe the Browns can get the coach they just fired to take the job.. for twice the money and a promise he get's three year or the owners forfeit the team to him.

Starstruck
Starstruck

How can SI.com possibly use Profootballtalk.com as a credible source for anything? All they ever claim is ' per a league source' and never a direct source.  They always claim an anonymous source so that they can never be blamed for the wrong info. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

In Cleveland 'continuity' means one year. Who wants to walk into that?

tonybot3
tonybot3

Chud fully admitted he thinks halftime adjustments are over-rated... Browns had the lead in the 4th quarter of nearly every single game, and lost them all.... Thats on the coach, sorry.

Perry E
Perry E

No one wants the Brown's job. Would you want to step into this mess? Aside from Jerry (Skeletor) Jones in Dallas, and Dan (Screw up Soup and a Sandwich) Snyder, this owner is one no one wants to work for!!! 

Cleveland is the Trailer Trash Team with the Dysfunctional Family in the NFL! Dallas is hamstrung by Jerry, D.C. is screwed by Dan Snyder's stupidity, but Cleveland is in a class all by itself as the place where careers go to die. This is a smaller market team, unwilling to spend, unwilling to scout properly, and continually blaming coach after coach after coach for the front office's screw ups! Chud should still be there. He is a good coach the players believe in and should not have been fired. Look at the QB carousel there and the fact that the Browns won ANY games this year is a miracle! I remember having this stupid debate with some idiot who claimed the Browns were going to win their division this year. Yeah, right!! With that Front Office, even Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, George Seifert, Tom Landry, and John Madden combined could not win...

ILoveMyWife
ILoveMyWife

How desperate would you have to be to interview with Cleveland? One bad year and you're fired?  No thanks.

6marK6
6marK6

Zim in Minnesota would be a good move for them.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

They are going to wait and try to get Adam Gase.  Il laugh and laugh hard.  Peyton Manning is the OC in Denver....he audibles on almost every play taking the reigns away from Gase.  What the heck does adam gase know about head coaching and being the Leader of an NFL team.  

GordyBell
GordyBell

Hey just look at them seahawks man there a good team under there head coach PETE CARROL. Didn't JIM TRESSELL beat him when CARROL was a coach. Come on Cleveland hire TRESSELL

rodp236
rodp236

After that impressive showing sunday, I'm sure everyone is interested in Whisenhut..................Hey, Vick is available too. 

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

That because coaches want to be able to install their system and not be worried about being fired after 1 year even if paid for the rest of the contract.........Blame the owners who treat owning a team as a tax write off, like Jerry Jones, dan Snyder.......

TherealdanMcKelvey
TherealdanMcKelvey

All of these teams suck...A new coach isn't the answer....How can you fire a guy like Shanahan and replace him with a guy with 3 years experience as an OC?   All total BS....Can't cook prime with only choice beef....

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Im so glad JIM BROWN IS THE BEST PLAYER TO EVER LIVE! GO BROWNS! WE ARE A DEVOTED LOYAL BUNCH!

gyffesme
gyffesme

Anyone foolish enough to fire a coach after one year -- a year wherein 3 different average-to-subpar QBs were in play -- deserves every bit of bad that comes their way.

ianlinross
ianlinross

One-and-done. Make them hire a Division II coach.

OL_Bob
OL_Bob

Anyone fool enough to take the Browns job gets what they deserve - they'll be one-and-done - if they're lucky enough to last a full season. Four head coaches in six  years, front office run by the Two Stooges (because Jimmy the Weasel is too cheap to hire a third), and an owner whose major concerns are 1) staying out of jail, and 2) moving the team to Knoxville.

EricWelsh
EricWelsh

Good. The Three Stooges deserve to be snubbed by every legit coaching candidate. 

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

whisenhut - LMFAO twenty more year of losing for detroit if they hire that bum

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

When will people actually research and educate themselves on this game? Why is north east OHIO A HOT BED FOR THE BEST COACHES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD? Just take this one situation for an example; all the coache that you all have mentioned on here have one thing in common: J. Tressell, G. Malzahn, R. Chudzinski, and J. McDaniels are all born and raised in Ohio! This state built this game and raising our families up centered around God first and the pigskin second is common practice in every household. Do you really want to know the influence Ohio has played in your favorite team?

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@joe6647:  Yep.  I was hoping they would land someone with experience because another first time head coach will get fired after next season.  At least that's the pattern.


You know who came to mind the other day?  Mike Singletary.   He did OK in SF.  I think he was a bit of a looney, but who cares?  I want a tough, no nonsense guy.  I'd give him a shot.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@espnrefugee0218 Interesting... so i guess Tebow audibled his own plays too?    Manning might audible, but he didn't author the playbook (and even if he did, what better way to learn the game than behind Manning?).

JohnDThorpe
JohnDThorpe

@GordyBell It's Pete Carroll and Jim Tressel. If you're going to say ignorant things, at least get the names right.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@TherealdanMcKelveyMaybe you are not aware that every head coach had no head coaching experience until he was given his first head coaching job.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@OL_Bob Haslam has only been on the job a year, and the team does have both a GM and a President, so you are all kinds of wrong.

cvice
cvice

@Joseph Rodocker  ok this statement "...raising our families up centered around God first and the pigskin second is common practice in every household." is a bit of stretch, don't you think? Come on, man...

jgk381
jgk381

@Joseph Rodocker Agree. This is a joke. Lions are losers just like  this guy, thats why they are after him

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Joseph RodockerCradle of coaches?   A reach putting Gus Malzahn in Ohio, and 50% of the guys on your list are not currently coaching.  Jeff Fisher, Andy Reid, Steve Sarkisian, Jim Mora?  All southern Cal guys.   Pete Carroll, Mike McCoy, Ron Rivera, Chris Peterson?  Northern Cal guys.   That was pretty easy.   I know that you folks like to think that Ohio is the center of the football universe, just like you believe that the Big 10 is the ultimate football conference.   The data says otherwise.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Dumb down? Ha! You guys even make me laugh. I guess I should remind everyone who the best basketball player to ever walk this planet is - Lebron or you may refer to him as KING JAMES (akron) or the greatest golfer of all time Jack Nicholas (Columbus) or hell even the first man to set foot on the damn moon....... I could go on and on but you all dont want to hear about how Sports Illustrated named Jim Brown ATHLETE OF THE CENTURY!

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

A reach? The man was born in Ohio. How is that a reach? And genius I only listed the ones involved in this particular subject matter. Do you really want to know the real HOF list of coaches with Ohio ties? I could start a list that woukd absolutely crush that patheticone you justthrew out there but I dont feel like typing thatmuch on my day off but Take Bellichek's 1994 coaching staff for a whos who of all time great coaches. And yes the Football Hall of Fame is still in Canton Ohio right?

Starstruck
Starstruck

@AaronDunckel I meant that ownership should not expect an instant turnaround in Cleveland after years of mismanagement in the FO.  

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Your absolutely correct. This is my error. When I was naming off these four guys I got stoops and makzahn mixed up. You are right.

Joseph Rodocker
Joseph Rodocker

Point well taken and I stand corrected. I was thinking of bob stoops and said malzahn.

tbost4321
tbost4321

@Joseph Rodocker 

And just as an FYI, I support your idea of Ohio being one of the better football areas in the country.  Just pointing out that Malzahn shouldn't be on the list of "Ohio Coaches". 

tbost4321
tbost4321

@Joseph Rodocker 

If anything, Malzahn is an Arkansas guy. He was born in Texas, but graduated from Fort Smith (AR) Christian High School, played for the Razorbacks, played for and graduated from Henderson State in Arkadelphia and coached at 3 Arkansas high schools before becoming OC at Arkansas in 2006.  His first job outside the state of Arkansas was OC at Tulsa in 2007.  If he does have ties to Ohio, they're very minor, as his bloodlines are all to Arkansas. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Joseph RodockerWell, everything I read says that Gus Malzahn was born in Texas, but of course wiser men than me say not to believe everything on the www.   Sure I am willing to read your list of coaches with Ohio ties, but if they are like your Malzahn reference I will be suspicious.  After all, you may include every coach that has every stepped foot on the field in Cincinnati or Cleveland, even as an opponent.  And the HOF thing?  Does this mean that the best baseball managers come from New York and the best basketball coaches come from Massachusetts?