Would the Browns go to the Butch Davis tree to hire a second straight coach?
It seems unlikely, but the Browns will interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles today in Cleveland, according to NFL.com.
The Browns refuse to comment on the coaching search.
Bowles worked under Davis in Cleveland from 2001-04. He was nickel package coach for the first three years, then secondary coach in 2004.
Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Sunday night after going 4-12 in his only season, entered the NFL in 2004 as tight ends coach under Davis.
Bowles, 50, joined the Cardinals this year, working for first-year coach Bruce Arians. The defense finished sixth in yards (317.4), seventh in scoring (20.2 points), first against the run (84.4) and tied for sixth in sacks (47).
Bowles took over for Ray Horton, who went from Arizona to Cleveland, where he was coordinator under Chudzinski.
Bowles became Eagles coordinator in October 2012 after spending the first six games as secondary coach. Most of his 14 years as an assistant were spent working with the secondary. He’s coached with Miami, Dallas and the Jets.
He’s never been a full-time head coach, but was Miami’s interim coach for three games to end 2011, going 2-1. He was assistant head coach/secondary coach for the Dolphins from 2008-11.
Bowles was a defensive back with Washington and San Francisco from 1986-93.
One of his mentors is Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. Bowles worked under Parcells with the Jets, Cowboys and Dolphins.
With Bowles directing the secondary in 2004, the Browns held the opposition to 181.3 passing yards per game, which ranked fifth in the league. In 2001, Cleveland set a franchise record and led the league with 33 interceptions, including 28 from defensive backs and 10 from rookie Anthony Henry.
The Browns’ lone playoff trip since returning in 1999 came in 2002.
Bowles spent 1995-96 in the player personnel department with the Packers.
The Browns are scheduled to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday, according to reports.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly interviewed Wednesday.
The Patriots and Seahawks are in the playoffs, and Quinn and McDaniels can’t be hired until after their team’s done playing.
The Cardinals went 10-6 but missed the playoffs, so Bowles is immediately available. Interviewing Bowles would satisfy the team’s requirement under the Rooney Rule, which stipulates at least one minority candidate be interviewed for every vacant head coaching job.
Bowles will reportedly also interview with the Vikings.