The Browns have narrowed their lengthy head-coaching search down to two finalists who will meet with the team’s bigwigs Thursday in Northeast Ohio, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported tonight.
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the favorite to land the job, Schefter reported. Pettine will fly to Cleveland Thursday for his third interview with the organization, according to the report. The identity of the other finalist is unknown.
The Browns also interviewed ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano today in Florida, according to FootballScoop.com. However, Schiano will not become the next head coach of the Browns, a league source told the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team isn’t commenting during its search to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after going 4-12 during his first season on the job.
At least nine known candidates have interviewed with the Browns, and the tally is 10 when including Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Koetter spoke to the Browns early today, but it wasn’t a formal interview.
Former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak interviewed for the Browns’ head-coaching gig Jan. 13, but he will become the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported tonight.