Add former Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin’s name to the list of hot head coach candidates. Both the Browns and Eagles are planning to interview Austin, according to reports.
Austin won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012, during his tenure as their secondary coach from 2011-2013. Austin departed when Jim Caldwell left Baltimore to become the Lions head coach, joining Caldwell as his defensive coordinator.
Austin’s stock as a potential head coach has remained high, despite the Lions’ highs and lows. The Lions ranked No. 1 defensively against the run in 2014, and second overall in defense before losing star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins during free agency.
Viewed as a strong communicator, Austin has worked for the Seahawks and Cardinals as a defensive backs coach, and he was the University of Florida’s defensive coordinator in 2010, working on the staff led by current Ohio St. coach Urban Meyer.
You can make the case that the Ravens’ secondary hasn’t been the same since Austin left. And Austin’s time with the Ravens makes him extremely familiar with the AFC North, which could make him more attractive to the Browns.