Another coaching vacancy was filled on Monday when the Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt, but it doesn’t look like the Browns will be making a similar move in the immediate future.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Browns will wait to talk to Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase before they hire any head coach, a wait that would stretch until early February if the Broncos defeat the Patriots this weekend and advance to the Super Bowl. Gase was eligible to interview during the Broncos’ playoff bye week, but opted not to speak to any interested teams until after Denver was done playing.
The Browns aren’t twiddling their thumbs while they wait. They interviewed former Titans coach Mike Munchak on Monday, adding him to a list that also includes Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Packers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the team could add more candidates while adding that Gase is “widely regarded” as their top target.
They’ll need to have a strong backup plan if that’s the case because Gase could choose to remain in Denver. There have also been reports of interest from the Vikings, who are interviewing Bengals Mike Zimmer for a second time on Tuesday, in Gase’s services as well.