CLEVELAND–Cross another candidate off the list as possible Browns head coach.
Todd Bowles, the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, informed the Browns on Monday he was taking his name out of the running.
He interviewed with the Browns on January 2. Bowles joins Denver offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as two men of the 6 who have interviewed to remove themselves from the list.
The Browns are still not commenting on interviews or confirming interviews.
The search quite possibly could take up to three more weeks if one of their candidates, Adam Gase, holds out to talk to the team after his season is over. Gase is the Offensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
He was contacted very early in the process but has let the Browns know he will not interview until after his Denver season is over.
The Broncos will face the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game with a berth in the Super Bowl the prize.
If the Browns are waiting for Gase, most would assume he is the man they want, but there is no guarantee that he’d even take the job if offered. With the Lions tabbing Jim Caldwell as their next coach, the Browns and Vikings are the lone teams still left searching for a head coach.
Rob Chudzinski was relieved of his duties last month after a season ending loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
At the time, the Browns said the team took a “concerning step backward in the second half of the year” and that they “had to admit change was needed.”
Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton has been given permission to seek jobs elsewhere. Its believed he will talk to teams for their open defensive coordinator jobs.