Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday for the head coaching vacancy following Ken Wisenhunt's dismissal. Former Bengals player and coach Ray Horton has already interviewed with the team twice, looking for an in-house promotion after two seasons as Arizona's defensive coordinator.
One source told Ian Rapoport with NFL.com that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley won't be meeting with the Cardinals as previously reported, despite Steelers owner Art Rooney II telling Ed Bouchette with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he was. Haley's agent denied that this was taking place, that he was happy in Pittsburgh.
Mike Zimmer made news on Wednesday after reports surfaced that Cincinnati's defensive coordinator would interview for the vacant head coaching position in Cleveland. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Browns are currently interviewing Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was a hot candidate last year during Cam Newton's rookie season. Depending on the team's decision to stick with Brandon Weeden with a new regime, this could bode well for Zimmer staying in Cincinnati.
Cleveland has an impressive list of candidates, including Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman of the CFL, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, former Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt. Good luck.
The San Diego Chargers are also reportedly interested in Zimmer, but their candidacy appears a little more trimmed with Arians and UCLA head coach Jim Mora linked to the position. However the search may get kick started now with San Diego naming former Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations Tom Telesco as the team's new General Manager.
Within a short period of time Zimmer's name surfaces with a team that just hired a new General Manager? That would be the biggest concern.