NFL News: Browns interview former Cards head coach Whisenhunt

Leaving no coaching stone unturned, the Cleveland Browns are said to have interviewed former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

With Jimmy Haslam III and Joe Banner staking out in Arizona, the Browns’ majority owner and CEO are apparently speaking to every individual in whom they might have the slightest bit of interest. Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday by the Cardinals, also has interviewed with the Buffalo Bills. He was one of the longest-tenured head coaches in the NFL prior to his firing, leading the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history during the 2008 season.

The Browns are said to be interviewing Oregon’s Chip Kelly later this week while reportedly maintaining interest in Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone.

[Related: Browns fans split on Chip Kelly and Bruce Arians as favorite coaching candidate]

  • C_CLE


  • Roosevelt

    The tone of this article is somewhat odd. Would you rather they not interview Whisenhunt? He has a history of being a successful coach in the NFL, which is something that even the best college coaches usually don’t. They’d better explore all possibilities. Or have you forgotten what happens when you hire your old friend’s nephew?

  • @TheDeePagel

    Do you mean “pass” as in no thanks on Wisenhunt….?

    Or do you mean “pass” as in you are reading Shurmur’s mind on 3rd and Inches…?

  • C_CLE


  • thenoclist

    Better than any of the reported candidates so far. Whisenhunt or Lovie should be the only options for the Browns.

  • Harv 21

    Getting the feeling that Banner spent a lot more energy the last few weeks finalizing his travel/interview schedule than supposedly determining the fates of Shurmur and Heckert. Very methodical planning, with maybe a touch of misdirection designed to throw Philly off the scent.

    Also, it took me like 2 years to spell Shurmur’s name correctly. What to do now with this useless skill?

  • @TheDeePagel

    Put the work into finding out Chip’s real name.

    If it’s Dale, I’m done…

  • Garry_Owen

    I hope it’s “Machine Gun.”

  • dwhit110

    Charles, says wikipedia.

  • Writing letters of rec for him?

  • maxfnmloans

    I had a teacher named Dale Kelley once upon a time. he was awesome

    /end “cool story, bro”

  • maxfnmloans

    if its on Wikipedia, it has to be true. I also learned from Wikipedia that George Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and one of the people who signed it was Herbie Hancock.


  • Harv 21

    ok, maybe as in “Dear Analog Film Board: Pat Shurmur was just being reel here.”

  • TSR3000

    I would not mind this hire. As many on here note, the QB is the key to success. When they had Warner, the cards were legit. Since then, they have had 0 QBs and have struggled. I think Wisenhunt deserves another shot.

  • @TheDeePagel

    D+…? Oh My god….

    I passed!!

  • Jay

    I literally choked on my drink when I read that. Very funny stuff.

  • SDA

    At least it sounds like they haven’t entered this search with closed minds!! And yes I am twice as excited as shown by 2 exclamation points!!

  • cmm13

    Agreed, Wisenhunt (IMO) is my number one choice. AFC North experience, been to the SB but not clinched, young and studied under Cowher.
    Jaw Jr is where it’s at.

  • saggy

    I think this guy should be top of the list. I have nothing witty to say.

  • I am a big fan of The Wizz.. He took a struggling franchise in Arizona, that sucked for YEARS! to the SB, and was one fantastic play, #luckycatch, away from winning… If Kelly passes, and Saban stays in Alabama, we could be backed into a great situation with Wizz