Ken Whisenhunt is an intriguing candidate

January, 3, 2013
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While the assumption is Oregon's Chip Kelly is at the top of the Browns wish list, Cleveland continued with its coaching search, interviewing former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, according to ESPN's Chris Mortsensen.

Whisenhunt wouldn't make the same splash as Kelly, but he should be a viable candidate. He was key in turning around a franchise that hadn't won in years, leading the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. He is known for being making the right in-game decisions. He wasn't afraid to bench players when they failed to live up to expectations. He is an experienced coach who can give direction to an inexperienced team.

Another plus for Whisenhunt is his familiarity with the AFC North. He was the Steelers' offensive coordinator for three seasons (2004-06) and spent time as the tight ends coach for the Browns and Ravens.

Do I think Whisenhunt is the next Browns' coach? Probably not. It still looks like the Browns have their sights set on the likes of Kelly or Penn State's Bill O'Brien. But the Browns could do a lot worse than Whisenhunt.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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