CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – As the Cleveland Browns wrap up it’s 19th day looking for a new head coach, the search is starting to finally come into focus.
The Browns have interviewed 7 candidates and are expected to speak with an eighth Saturday – Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.
Team officials were “blown away” during interviews with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in Seattle on Jan. 1 and Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on Thursday according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Browns are not commenting on the search or confirming interviews.
The fact that a pair of defensive coordinators have emerged as legitimate candidates validates the team’s mantra of a methodical and extensive search.
The Browns are waiting to speak with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who has declined an interview with Cleveland until the postseason is over. Denver hosts New England Sunday in the AFC Championship game. The Browns are also aware that there is a chance that even if Gase is offered the job, he may choose to remain with the Broncos.
The source corroborated a report from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer who tweeted Friday afternoon, “Gase has always been top target but he’s not thinking about any gig til Den is done and even then he may not be interested…Quinn also high on their list and he’s showing way more interest than Gase. Hearing Pettine’s interview went well too.”
The Browns also interviewed former Titans coach Mike Munchak.
Four candidates, who interviewed with the Browns, are no longer in consideration for the job.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles withdrew from consideration, Ken Whisenhunt accepted the Titans head coaching job and Ben McAdoo was named the New York Giants offensive coordinator.
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