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Another day, another candidate
January 9, 2014 - Mike McLain
According to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN the Browns will interview former Arizona Cardinals coach and current San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt Saturday for their coaching opening.
Whisenhunt interviewed for the same opening a year ago but was passed by in favor of Rob Chudzinski because Chudzinski could deliver Norv Turner as offensive coordinator and Ray Horton as defensive coordinator. Whisenhunt then moved on to San Diego.
Prior to then, Whisenhunt, an offensive coordinator for Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, coached the Cardinals from 2007-12. He compiled a 49-53 overall record, including a 27-23 loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
Whisenhunt led the Cardinals to what was a rare non-losing season in 2007 (8-8). They went 9-7 the next season, reaching the Super Bowl behind the right arm of quarterback Kurt Warner.
The 2010 season resulted in a 10-6 record and another playoff appearance. The Cardinals were eliminated by the future Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 45-14.
Whisenhunt started former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson following Warner's retirement in 2010. The Cardinals posted a 5-11 record that season, followed by an 8-8 mark in 2011 and a 5-11 record in 2012 after opening the season with four straight wins.
Considering that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has removed his name from consideration and that Whisenhunt is the highest profile offensive coordinator on the list, it can be assumed that Whisenhunt might be the frontrunner. He was considered the top man in the search last year until the decision was made to go with Chudzinski because of his relationships with Turner and Horton.
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