The Cleveland Browns still haven't announced Freddie Kitchens has their new head coach.
But if and when they do, it appears they will have already gotten a start on finding his new defensive coordinator.
Hours after a report that Kitchens is interested in former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, another candidate to become the Browns defensive coordinator has entered the mix. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Jospeh will interview with Cleveland after he's finished interviewing with the Arizona Cardinals for the same position.
The 46-year-old Joseph spent the past two seasons as Denver's head coach, amassing an 11-21 record. Prior to his time with the Broncos, he spent time as an assistant with the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers.
Joseph also possesses experience at the college level, including a stint as Bowling Green's defensive backs coach in 2004.
Like Pagano, Cleveland's interest in a coach as experienced as Joseph makes sense as Kitchens enters his first season as a head coach. Although the Browns have yet to officially announce Kitchens' hiring, multiple reports on Wednesday indicated that the former interim offensive coordinator had been promoted to head coach.
Those reports were seemingly confirmed when former interim head coach Gregg Williams issued a statement thanking the organization, city and its fans. With Williams having been let go, Cleveland finds itself in need of a new defensive coordinator -- and it appears the Browns will place a heavy emphasis on experience when it comes to finding his replacement.