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There are plenty of rumors, but at this point, no one knows exactly who will be named the Cleveland Browns’ next head coach.

Unlike in years past, the Browns appear to be the best job available, so they could very well have first dibs on whoever they want. Will Gregg Williams be given the permanent job? Will Freddie Kitchens make the big jump and be named the guy? If not those two, who will owner Jimmy Haslam, general manager John Dorsey, and the rest of the front office choose?

Luckily, the WFNY crew has you covered with all the latest rumors and reports in our Head Coach Tracker. We will be updating this post as new information arises, allowing us to traverse through this journey together.

January 8, 2019

Down to two: Freddie Kitchens and/or Kevin Stefanski

After a number of interviews, it seems like Freddie Kitchens and Kevin Stefanski are the last two finalists to be the new Browns head coach. If Cleveland decides to go with Kitchens, Stefanski could potentially be Kitchens’ offensive coordinator due to his contract with the Minnesota Vikings expiring earlier this week. He was their offensive coordinator this season and due to Stefanski no longer being under contract, a lateral move to the Browns can be done.

January 2, 2019

Gregg Williams, Mike McCarthy

The organization announced that Williams completed his interview on it’s Twitter account yesterday. Rare for a team to announce a candidate has interviewed, especially the day of. It remains to be seen when other candidates will be interviewed.

An official addition to the ranks of those other candidates is Mike McCarthy. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and the NFL Networks Ian Rapoport have double confirmation1 that McCarthy is set to interview with Dorsey and the Browns on Thursday, January 3rd.

Rapoport went on to say that McCarthy could meet with ONLY the Jets and Browns, indicating that the former Green Bay Packers head coach is a hot commodity and has the opportunity to be picky with his time. Many of the Browns front office team spent time in Green Bay, some working with McCarthy. Is it possible that if McCarthy does meet with Cleveland prior to flying into the Big Apple, he takes the job without making the flight? Given the breadth of the candidates’ reports have confirmed and Dorsey’s assurances that the search will be extensive, it doesn’t appear likely, but this is Cleveland. Anything can happen.

December 31, 2018

Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens

First and foremost, both the interim head coach and offensive coordinator will get an interview and a chance to be the next head coach of the Browns.

Mike McCarthy

It seems as though everyone has reported on this already, but McCarthy’s name has been thrown around quite a bit since he was fired by the Packers the first week of December.

Nick Sirianni

A University of Mount Union alum, he could potentially return to northeast Ohio.

Kevin Stefanski

He was expected to be named the permanent Vikings offensive coordinator, but the Browns might have other ideas. He was their quarterbacks coach to start the season before being promoted to the interim offensive coordinator gig.

Dan Campbell

Don’t get Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell’s name confused with this one. He was the Dolphins interim coach in 2015.

Matt Eberflus

Sirianni isn’t the only coordinator in Indianapolis that has gotten the Browns attention. They want to interview the guy leading the charge for the Colts defense as well.

Adam Gase

Peyton Manning to the Browns? Well, not really, but the former quarterback has recommended to Haslam that the Browns should at least take a look at the former Dolphins head coach that was fired this past Sunday.

Bruce Arians

While there’s been nothing saying that the Browns will actually interview him, Bruce Arians is interested in being the next head coach in Cleveland and has previously stated that he would keep Kitchens and Williams on the staff as coordinators.

Mike Munchak

The former Tennessee Titans head coach and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach will likely receive plenty of attention this offseason, especially with eight head coaching jobs available just one day following the conclusion of the regular season.

Brian Flores

When you’re one of Bill Bellicheck’s assistants, you’re bound to receive plenty of attention for many head coaching vacancies throughout the NFL. That remains the case this year.

Jim Caldwell

If there’s a head coach vacancy, Jim Caldwell’s name will likely be thrown into the mix. That remains to be the case for the Browns.


  1. The only type of confirmation according to fans of The Newsroom and Charlie Skinner. []