The first three men to interview with the Browns for their head coaching vacancy this week were Doug Marrone, Adam Gase and Teryl Austin, all of whom have been on the lists of other teams looking for head coaches.
Friday brought a name that hasn’t been popping up all over the league. The Browns announced that they interviewed Cowboys defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson, who joined Austin on the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s list of minority candidates they are recommending to teams but hasn’t generated the same kind of interest from teams.
Henderson was the defensive backs coach in Cleveland from 2009 to 2011 before moving to Dallas, but there have been several coaching and front office changes for the Browns so institutional memory may not be much of a selling point. Per the Browns, Henderson interviewed with owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and consultant Jed Hughes.
The Browns are expected to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson over the weekend. There have been reports that Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is also on tap for an interview, but Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports nothing has been scheduled at this point.