The OBR's Lane Adkins has learned, per team sources, that the Browns have sent letters to NFL clubs about four potential coaches to fill their new head coaching vacancy.The four are currently employed as coordinators by other organizations.
One is already known, Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who has been contacted by both the Browns and Carolina Panthers. ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed the request earlier today. Fewell, an African-American, would fulfill the team's Rooney Rule requirements if he elects to interview with the Browns.
Also on the list, and not unexpected, is Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who has received a lot of credit for helping to revive the Eagle's offensive fortunes this season, and had a rare opportunity to take over play-calling responsibilities from Eagles head coach Andy Reid. Mornhinweg had a less-than-memorable tenure as the Detroit Lions head coach in 2001-2, which yielded a 5-27 record.
The Browns have also reached out to the Atlanta Falcons regarding current offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, one-time head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Mularkey also has served as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2001-3, before leaving to lead the Buffalo Bills. Since his stint in Buffalo, Mularkey has worked with the Miami Dolphins and Falcons, where he has achieved considerable success in working with QB Matt Ryan. Mularkey was also considered for the Lions head coaching vacancy in 2009.
Finally, the Browns have contacted the Minnesota Vikings regarding their current offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell. Bevell joined the Vikings in 2006 along with new head coach Brad Childress. Prior to that time, Bevell coached wide receivers and was an offensive assistant with the Green Bay Packers.
The Browns are undoubtedly contacting college coaches and "free agents" such as Jon Gruden, but it already appears that Mike Holmgren's "wide net" is being cast.