CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – As the Cleveland Browns coaching search is about to enter it’s third week and with at least 5 interviews done, fans are wondering who the front runner is to replace Rob Chudzinski.
It appears to be someone they haven’t even talked to yet and won’t be able to for at least another week.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported on ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ that Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is, “The top guy on the Cleveland Browns wish list.”
A league source told 92.3 The Fan shortly after Glazer’s report that the team does not have a “clear cut favorite” for the job and it’s hard to name someone a favorite without an interview even taking place.
Gase, who has guided Peyton Manning and Denver’s offense to record-setting levels this season, declined interviews with the Browns and Vikings to concentrate on Denver’s playoff run and won’t make himself available until after the Broncos season ends.
Denver beat the San Diego Chargers Sunday evening to advance to the AFC Championship game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots next Sunday.
The Browns are willing to take as long as needed – even if it’s after the Super Bowl – before reaching a final decision on their next coach to ensure that they don’t have to go through this process again a year or 2 from now.
The source also denied reports that the front office is not on the same page regarding the coaching search and refuted the notion that there is discord upstairs.
Team officials reportedly met with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on Saturday. The team is not confirming any interviews or commenting on their coaching search for competitive reasons.
Whisenhunt is presumed to be the favorite to land the Lions job. He met with Detroit on Thursday and Tennessee Friday in San Diego.
The Browns have also interviewed Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who withdrew his name from consideration, and Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo.
Cleveland remains interested in Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who just received a new contract through 2019 in December with the Tigers, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora. La Canfora also reported the the Browns may interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott next week should Carolina not advance on Sunday.
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