NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that both Kyle Shanahan and Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo interviewed for the gig.
Shanahan's interview, specifically, didn't go smoothly.
"My understanding is that it is a long shot for (Shanahan) to be able to land the Browns job," Rapoport said on NFL Network's "Super Bowl Live" on Thursday. "I'm told the meeting did not exactly go as planned, and I would be surprised if the Browns made a move and hired either of these guys (Shanahan and DeFilippo) quickly.
"What I would think the Browns do, based on talking to people close to the situation, is go back and interview a couple more candidates."
However, while Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is set to join Cleveland's staff, it likely will be in the role of quarterbacks coach as his hiring is finalized, Rapoport reported, per a Browns source.
The Browns tried to hire Gary Kubiak (who signed with the Baltimore Ravens) and wanted to interview Bill Callahan (the Dallas Cowboys won't let him out of his contract, even though they hired Scott Linehan).
The Browns' OC search is shaping up a bit like their head coaching search -- long, drawn out, with multiple perceived failures. However, we believe Mike Pettine was the right hire in the end. Just because they didn't get their first or second choice at OC by no means makes it impossible to get the best man.