EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- While Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer meets with Minnesota Vikings ownership about their head coaching opening on Tuesday afternoon, the team's other known finalist is paring down his options.
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Cleveland Browns' job, according to a NFL source. Bowles does not have a second interview scheduled with the Vikings yet, but the source said Bowles should know more tonight after Zimmer's interview.
General manager Rick Spielman had said he planned to bring two or three finalists back to Minnesota after an initial round of interviews. All signs have pointed to Zimmer being the favorite, and it remains to be seen if the Vikings will bring Bowles in for a second interview or decide to hire Zimmer before another candidate meets with ownership.
Bowles, who was in his first season with the Cardinals, helped mold one of the league's best defenses after coming to the team from Philadelphia. He had previously been an interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins.