San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will reportedly interview with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, according to perhaps somewhat of a surprise report on Thursday.
Whisenhunt, 51, interviewed twice for the Browns head coaching position last year as well. Previously, CEO Joe Banner announced that the team would not be interviewing repeat candidates during this year’s process.
It had appeared that Whisenhunt, former six-year head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, was the presumed favorite for the Detroit Lions opening. His surging team remains in the playoffs, however, opening the door for additional interviews, and New England’s Josh McDaniels pulled out of the running for the Cleveland gig.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the report this morning, as Whisenhunt’s busy week lines up before the Chargers play at Denver on Sunday in the NFL Divisional Round:
Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is scheduled to have HC interviews with Lions today, with Titans on Friday, and with Browns on Saturday. Busy man
Last year, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that the Whisenhunt-Browns talks broke down over the composition of his possible coaching staff. Reportedly, the team’s front office wanted to have input on his staff, a typical process for a rookie head coach, not a veteran. The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot later rebuked that claim via a contrasting source. But that process sounds very familiar to many other denials over the past 12 months.
The Browns recently interviewed Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. They reportedly remain high on Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Now with McDaniels’ absence, there really aren’t a whole lot of familiar names in the current process. That changes with Whisenhunt getting the surprise third try this weekend.
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