The Browns plan to interview Dave Wannstedt for their defensive coordinator vacancy late this week, a league source said Monday.
Wannstedt, 58, has been the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys and the head coach of the Chicago Bears, the Miami Dolphins and the University of Pittsburgh. He was recently forced out as Pitt's coach.
Dick Jauron, 60, is also expected to interview with the Browns this week. Jauron, who's now a defensive backs coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, has been the head coach of the Bears and the Buffalo Bills. He was also the interim head coach of the Detroit Lions and the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Lions.
Wannstedt and Jauron would provide new Browns coach Pat Shurmur with experienced defensive leadership. Shurmur, 45, has been an offensive coach throughout his career.
"We’re going to try to get the very best defensive coordinator that we can and put that to play with that players that are in place," Shurmur said during his introductory news conference this past Friday.
Both candidates have drawn interest from other teams. Wannstedt is reportedly on the radars of the Bills and the San Diego Chargers. Jauron, Jim Mora and Billy Davis have reportedly emerged as the early favorites to become the Eagles' defensive coordinator.
If the Browns hire either Wannstedt or Jauron, the team would likely switch from a 3-4 defensive alignment to a 4-3.
Former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was hired to fill the same role with the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report published on NFL.com Sunday.