Browns Meet With Greg Schiano, Briefly Revisit McDaniels; Both Not In Play For Job
Updated Jan. 23, 2013 1:04 AM
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns coaching search added and quickly subtracted another name while another briefly resurfaced on Wednesday.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano became the 10th known candidate to interview with the Browns and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spoke with the team briefly earlier this week.
Multiple sources confirmed to 92.3 The Fan that the Browns met with Schiano in Florida on Wednesday but another league source said that Schiano will not be the next head coach of the Browns. He went 11–20 in 2 seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers.
The meeting with Schiano, who has a defensive background, came a day after team officials met with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for a second time for nearly 5 hours in Mobile, Ala. Tuesday evening.
The search appears to be picking up steam – and quickly with a flurry of reports and speculation.
The Browns did speak with McDaniels this week but there wasn’t much to the conversation a source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan. McDaniels withdrew from consideration on Jan. 8 after interviewing on Jan. 4 and McDaniels will not jump back into the mix.
Most of the focus centers around Pettine, who is expected in Cleveland on Thursday for a third interview according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
It stands to reason that Pettine would be brought back to town to finalize a contract but there still remains .
The Browns first met with Pettine on Jan. 16. After the interview, Pettine’s teenage daughter, Megan, took a subtle shot at the Browns when she tweeted he would interview a second time for the job, “Its the browns…But hey, still pretty cool!”
Her account was deleted within minutes of the tweet.
Team officials also met with Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on Wednesday as well according to the NFL Network.
Throughout the search the Browns have not commented on their search or confirmed interviews.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn continues to remain in Seattle to prep his team for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York on Feb. 2.
On to day No. 25.
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