Todd Bowles, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator, has reportedly removed his name from the Cleveland Browns coaching search. The news comes on Tuesday afternoon via FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo.
Bowles, 50, interviewed with the Browns way back on Jan. 3. He succeeded current Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton in the Arizona position in 2013. His interview qualified the Browns for the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate.
He remains a likely finalist for the Minnesota Vikings opening along with Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, who has not been listed as a candidate in Cleveland. These are the two final openings in the NFL.
Bowles has had a diverse NFL career mostly focused on the secondary. Prior to Arizona, he was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator for one season. He was an assistant coach in Miami from 2008-2011, including a brief stint as interim head coach. He worked on the Browns secondary from 2001-2004 and was on the Green Bay player personnel staff from 1995-1996.
Earlier on Tuesday, we heard that the Browns are willing to wait until they can interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. That appears to be the team’s target as we enter into Week 3 of the search since the firing of one-year head coach Rob Chudzinski.
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