Whisenhunt, the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals when they went to the Super Bowl in 2008.
He will also interview with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans before talking with the Browns on Saturday.
Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos head coach, dropped out the running when the Browns told him he wasn’t the top contender, the Plain Dealer reported.
This weekend’s NFL playoff preview
New Orleans vs. Seattle
Seattle has been the wire-to-wire favorite to win the Super Bowl, and they delivered on that promise with a 13-3 record in the regular season.
Russell Wilson doesn’t have the eye-popping stats of other top NFL quarterbacks, but he is proving to be a winner, and Marshawn Lynch has helped by rumbling for 1,257 yards on the ground.
New Orleans finally picked up their first road win over the Eagles last week, but Seattle has only lost once at home and has the best defense in the NFL. Look for Seattle to look strong as it starts marching toward the big game.
Prediction: Seahawks 28, Saints 14
Indianapolis vs. New England
The Colts showed poise and guts as they rallied from a 28-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Beating Tom Brady and they Patriots at home will be another challenging task.
Brady has been sacked 40 times this year, so Colts defensive end Robert Mathis and friends may be able to force him into costly mistakes. The Pats always look great in the regular season, but they aren’t the dynasty they were a decade ago.
Prediction: Colts 31, Patriots 28
San Francisco vs. Carolina
Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick will provide an entertaining matchup of young, mobile quarterbacks. Newton has overcome his growing pains to fulfill the promise he showed as the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
However, Kaepernick led the 49ers over the Green Bay Packers in Ice Bowl II last week, and he took San Francisco to the Super Bowl last year. Those are two big feathers in his cap, while Newton will be making his playoff debut.
Prediction: 49ers 28, Panthers 13
San Diego at Denver
All signs point to a Denver victory here. Payton Manning put up amazing numbers this year with 5,477 yards and 55 TDs.
Also, the Broncos will be eager to avenge their only home loss this season, a 27-20 win for the Chargers on Dec. 12. Don’t expect the Broncos to slip up here.
Prediction: Broncos 35, Chargers 14
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