Despite all the chaos surrounding the Cleveland Browns in the wake of John Dorsey’s departure on Tuesday, the coaching search continued and more names emerged and the first interview has officially been confirmed.
Mike McCarthy will be the first to interview for the head coaching vacancy on Thursday according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. McCarthy was linked to the job last year but did not interview. McCarthy is also linked to the Panthers where he’s already interviewed twice.
The Browns are heading to San Francisco this weekend to interview the 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and will also interview passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur and likely will interview running game coordinator Mike McDaniel according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Both LaFleur and McDaniel have ties to the Browns already as both were on the staff under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland for the 2014 season. LaFleur was a coaching intern while McDaniel was the wide receivers coach. Both coaches followed Shanahan to Atlanta when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator there as well before becoming the head coach for the 49ers back in 2017.
Cleveland also has requested to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy according to the NFL Network. Kansas City has a first-round bye so if the Browns can interview him, it would be this week at the earliest. Bienemy is scheduled to interview for the Carolina Panthers head coaching vacancy on Thursday and the New York Giants vacancy on Saturday.
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule will not interview with the Browns as he has reportedly declined the Browns request. Rhule has turned college programs, Temple and Baylor, back into relevant programs but the perception is he will only leave the college ranks for the New York Giants opening. Baylor plays Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night.