Former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, already turned down for similar jobs with Miami and Baltimore, has another shot to land a job in Cleveland, multiple league sources told ESPN.com.
The Browns spoke with Shanahan on Tuesday morning about their offensive coordinator opening under new coach Mike Pettine, according to sources.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys denied a request from Cleveland to speak with Bill Callahan about the job, a source told ESPN.com's Todd Archer. NFL.com reported that the Cowboys denied a similar request from the Ravens last week when Baltimore was trying to fill its offensive coordinator vacancy, which was taken by Gary Kubiak on Monday.
Shanahan is coming off a controversial finish in Washington, where his offenses finished in the top 10 in yards per game each of the past two seasons and led the NFL in yards per play in 2012, when the Redskins used the zone-read option with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins were fourth in points per game in 2012 but 23rd this season. Numerous stories about friction between Shanahan and Griffin stained some of those achievements and have potentially hurt his ability to land another job, according to league sources.
Shanahan coached with his father, Mike Shanahan, for four seasons in Washington. He was the offensive coordinator for Houston under then-Texans coach Gary Kubiak. At 28, he was the NFL's youngest coordinator in 2008.
The Texans ranked third and fourth in total yards, respectively, during Shanahan's two seasons (and 10th and ninth in points per game).