Josh McDaniels seems to be the overwhelming favorite to land the Browns head coaching job. The Patriots offensive coordinator will interview with Cleveland on Saturday, according to reports.
Cleveland Browns GM Michael Lombardi (center) worked with Josh McDaniels in New England and reportedly favors McDaniels for the head coaching vacancy.
By Lindsey Foltin
Josh McDaniels seems to be the overwhelming favorite to land the Browns head coaching job. The Patriots offensive coordinator will interview with Cleveland on Saturday, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The Patriots have a first-round bye, and under league rules, assistants with teams that earned byes in the first week are allowed to interview for vacant head coaching positions. While initial interviews are allowed by the league, no negotiations or offers can be made until a team finishes its postseason.
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A report from ProFootball Talk suggests that Browns GM Michael Lombardi could behind the push to hire McDaniels:
McDaniels is seen as a favored choice of Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi and he needs to interview before the weekend is out or wait until the Patriots are finished with their season.
If McDaniels does come to Ohio, there will likely be renewed talk about a trade bringing Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett to the team. Given the need for a quarterback in Cleveland, that deal might have a chance of happening this offseason.
The Browns will fly to New England to conduct the interview as a courtesy to McDaniels and the Patriots as they prepare for their playoff run.
Other names in the mix for the coaching vacancy include Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who the team interviewed in Seattle on Wednesday and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who will wait until the end of Denver's postseason to interview. There is also interest in Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who has yet to comment on whether or not he's interested.