The Browns are set to interview Todd Bowles in Cleveland tomorrow. Expected to talk to Josh McDaniels Sat.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 2, 2014
The Cleveland Browns are expected to interview Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (pictured from his time in Philadelphia) tomorrow. It had been initially reported that Bowles had turned down the team to interview him, along with other teams, to focus on the Cardinals’ playoff run. Obviously, that was incorrect or plans changed.
Bowles in his first season as the defensive coordinator of the Cardinals and took the vacancy led by Ray Horton, who was the Browns coordinator this year and ran the Cardinals unit last year. Some will argue that Bowles’ unit was more effective than Horton’s was. Before going to Arizona, Bowles was the defensive coordinator for the Eagles in Andy Reid’s last season there and was let go when he was fired and they went to Chip Kelly.
There are skeptics that will argue that the Browns are only interviewing Bowles to fill the requirement of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, but Bowles has shown to be a deserving consideration of his own merits. The rule is always working to get minority candidates exposure to give them more opportunities to be hired, which is why the NFL has a much healthier percentage of minority candidates compared to college football.