BROWNS LOOK AT SHANAHAN, SCHWARTZ
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 31, 2008, 3:40 p.m. EST
The Cleveland Browns are interested in hiring the newly available Mike Shanahan for their vacant head coaching search, and have also received permission to talk to Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
An unnamed source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the team’s attitude toward contacting Shanahan is, “How can you not?”
A separate Plain Dealer report says the Browns have asked for and received permission to interview Schwartz, who worked as a scout for the Browns from 1993 to 1995, when Bill Belichick was head coach. Schwartz is also a candidate for the head coaching vacancy in Detroit. Under the rules for assistants on teams with playoff byes, Schwartz can interview this week and then will not be available for interviews until the Titans’ postseason is over.
Other candidates for the Browns job include former Jets coach Eric Mangini and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.