We may be getting closer to finding out who the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns will be. After being turned away by Adam Gase, the Browns already reached out to Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Cleveland will conduct a second interview with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine tonight:
Browns second meeting with Bills DC Mike Pettine is scheduled for this evening.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2014
Mary Kay Cabot says that interview will take place in Mobile, Alabama, the site of the Senior Bowl. That's not all the Browns are doing, though. Per a 49ers beat writer, Cleveland has inquired about some of San Francisco's assistant coaches. It is unclear whether the assistants were being contacted for head coaching interviews, or for higher roles in Cleveland (i.e. a defensive line coach jumping to a coordinator position).
Jim Harbaugh said he's had conversations with Browns about some 49ers assistant coaches.He didn't get specific.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 21, 2014
Yesterday, reports from ESPN said that the Browns were "doing background work" on 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.