The Browns will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head-coaching vacancy, Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported today.
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase withdrew from the running this morning, a league source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns aren’t commenting on interviews during the search.
The Browns will move forward by conducting a second interview with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine tonight, a source said. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Browns will meet with Pettine in Mobile, Ala., where most of the NFL is congregated this week for the Senior Bowl. Pettine had his first interview with the Browns Jan. 16.
The Browns are also expected to conduct a second interview with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Even though Quinn is in the Super Bowl, NFL rules would allow the Browns to meet with him again this week. It would need to take place no later than Sunday. Quinn became the first candidate to interview with the Browns on Jan. 1.
Meanwhile, other candidates, like Koetter, could continue to surface.
The Browns tried to interview Koetter, 54, last year before they hired Rob Chudzinski. However, he signed a contract extension with the Falcons and canceled the meetings he had scheduled with the Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
Koetter has served as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He was the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-11.
Koetter also has 22 years of collegiate coaching experience. He was the head coach at Arizona State University (2001-06) and Boise State University (1998-2000).
Last month, he interviewed for a chance to reclaim Boise State’s head-coaching job. But Boise State hired Bryan Harsin instead.
During a season wrap-up news conference today, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he has talked to the Browns about some assistant coaches on his staff.
ESPN.com reported the Browns did background work on 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula last week, so he could become a candidate. The 49ers’ assistants, including offensive coordinator Greg Roman and 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, are free to talk after being eliminated by the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game this past weekend. At this point, it’s unknown whether the Browns will interview any of them.