Thursday, January 20, 2011
Sources: Browns holding interviews
ESPN.com news services
The Browns have interviewed former University of Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt and are slated to meet with former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Billy Davis for their defensive coordinator job, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur met Thursday with Wannstedt, who spent six seasons coaching Chicago and four-plus in Miami. Wannstedt was forced to resign after going 7-5 this season, his sixth at the school. Wannstedt also has drawn interest from Buffalo.
Shurmur talked with Dick Jauron on Wednesday about running his defense. Jauron, a head coach with Chicago, Buffalo and Detroit,
spent last season coaching Philadelphia's secondary and is a candidate to take over the Eagles' defense.
The Cardinals fired Davis on Jan. 6 after a disappointing 5-11 season in which Arizona was ranked 29th in overall defense and 30th in points allowed out of the league's 32 teams.
Davis was previously the San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator and served as a defensive assistant for six other NFL teams, including the Browns.
The Browns are hiring a defensive coordinator to replace Rob Ryan, who left Cleveland this week to take over the Dallas Cowboys' defense.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.