Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on the sidelines during first quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Browns coaching search: Team set to interview Ken Whisenhunt Saturday


The Cleveland Browns are set to interview Ken Whisenhunt, currently the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers for their head coaching job.  Whisenhunt will meet with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans first, so it remains to be seen if he will even make it to that interview before taking the job.

This is the first evidence that the coaching search may have taken a turn somewhere in the process.  CEO Joe Banner said the team was not going to consider anyone who their interviewed last year in the press conference where they talked about firing Rob Chudzinski.  Whisenhunt was in that group, so clearly something has changed.  Perhaps the situation with Josh McDaniels has had a sizable impact.  Or, the combination of McDaniels and not being able to interview Adam Gase has them going this route.

In any case, the Browns are now dipping into candidates from last year’s search.  Maybe Whisenhunt will be an isolated case, but he is at least the first.  In the end, how they get to the right guy is ultimately unimportant, but they have to get the right guy.

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  • Julie Jurkovich

    Can you smell stupid? If the Browns acted as though they had any sense, I’d faint.

    • Letterman007

      Gotta agree with you!!

      • Nc browns fan

        You guys nailed it. I’ll look you guys up when I’m in ctown again. We’ll go out for some beers and make fun of the clowns. I haven’t gone up for a game in 5 years because they are so pathetic. Why waste the gas and ticket money.

        • Letterman007

          Fine with me but I live in S, C, now! I use Sunday NFL Ticket!

          • Nc browns fan

            Hope the panthers do something. It’s funny how fast Carolina can change. Hope to get a panther ticket.

          • Letterman007

            It will all depend on Cam, how he goes, so go the Panthers! I’m retired and also on disability with bad disc in back( L4)!and have atrial fib , bad heart.

  • Sam Gold

    Just to be completely accurate, Banner said he didn’t think they would interview anyone from last years rather than that they wouldn’t interview any of the previous candidates. Subtle difference to be sure but not unimportant. They interviewed Whis twice last year and I’ve read that Haslam was very high on him. Perhaps Haslam is the driving force to bring him back in. Don’t know if that’s good or bad but after our previous owner that had as close to zero involvement with this team as is humanly possible I think I like an owner that cares enough to be involved barring a Jerry Jones/Al Davis model.

    • Sam Gold

      Also, since they’ve already admitted they were wrong on their hire of Chud I see nothing to stop them from also admitting they were wrong on the not hiring of someone as part of an explanation should they hire someone from last years pool.

    • Nc browns fan

      I agree with you, I like an owner that’s more involved as long as we don’t become dallas or Oakland of the north.

  • Letterman007

    Ohio may be the cradle of coaches, but Head Coach of Cleveland is their DEATH NILL !!Jimmy owes 49.5 million to past coaches as this team has been so BAD that they owe how many coaches for sitting on their A@# ! Who would want to come here now? Don’t say it’s a different front office as they just did it to Chudzinski !! They will be lucky if they get the fifth on their list to come here. Don’t be surprised if we are going through this again next year!!