One Browns coaching candidate identified

December, 31, 2012
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The first coaching candidate for the Cleveland Browns has been identified: Dirk Koetter, the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator.

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, Koetter is set to interview this week for jobs with the Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. He's obviously a popular candidate but I'm not sure how he fits in the Browns' new structure. The Browns are hiring a head coach first because he is going to have a bigger role going forward and will help decide the personnel director.

Koetter was the head coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-06) before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars (2007-11). He became the Falcons offensive coordinator this season and helped Matt Ryan to produce a career year. Ryan set career highs in passing yards (4,719), touchdowns (32), completion rate (68.6 percent) and passer rating (99.1).

Under Koetter, the Falcons ranked eighth in total yards and seventh in points (26.2) this season.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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