Add Koetter to ever-growing interview list

January, 21, 2014
Jan 21
5:04
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Soon enough the list of NFL coordinators who did not interview to become the Cleveland Browns coach will be shorter than the list of ones who did.

It might be already.

Tuesday afternoon word broke that the Browns have added Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to the list.

Koetter has worked for the Falcons since 2012, and prior was the coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars. A year ago the Browns wanted to talk to Koetter, but he declined. Evidently a year does make a difference. FOX’s Alex Marvez first reported the Koetter interview, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed it.

This news comes on the heels of the Browns flying to Mobile to have a second interview tonight with Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Browns also are expected to give Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a second interview.

And in San Francisco, coach Jim Harbaugh said the Browns had been in touch about some members of his staff, but declined to specify whom. ESPN.com's 49ers writer Bill Williamson reported yesterday that the Browns had done background work on defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

There is no truth to the rumor that Simon Cowell is part of a three-person panel making immediate judgments on those interviewed.

At this point, it’s easier to simply list the candidates interviewed and/or considered who are no longer candidates, and the guys still candidates.
So ...

Those interviewed or considered who either pulled out or who are out of the picture (in alphabetical order):
  • Todd Bowles, withdrew
  • James Franklin, took job as Penn State coach
  • Adam Gase, declined
  • Ben McAdoo, took job as Giants offensive coordinator
  • Josh McDaniels, withdrew
  • Bill O’Brien, took job as Houston coach
  • Bob Stoops, did not interview
  • Ken Whisenhunt, took job as Tennessee coach

Those still alive, until the list morphs further (again in alphabetical order):
  • Rich Bisaccia
  • Dirk Koetter
  • Mike Munchak
  • Pettine
  • Quinn

Meanwhile, the two in-house coordinators who had the qualifications to be a head coach -- Ray Horton and Norv Turner -- have taken jobs elsewhere.

The methodical march continues.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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