The Cleveland Browns may be dipping into college football for a new head coach. After shockingly firing Rob Chudzinski after just on season, the Browns are already lining-up potential candidates to become the seventh head coach since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the team will look at James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores and Gus Malzhan of the Auburn Tigers:
Gus Malzahn (Auburn) very much a top candidate for CLE. Vandy’s James Franklin in the mix. One of them or McDaniels expected to get that job
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2014
Both Franklin and Malzhan’s teams still have bowl games to play, so interviewing them might not happen for another week or so. The Browns also plan to interview New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels.
with the Patriots’ season still alive at least until Jan. 11, the Browns won’t be able to interview McDaniels until Jan. 5.
McDaniels is from Ohio, but he rejected interest from the Browns last year, but NFL.com’s Albert Breer now reports the Pats have given the Browns permission to interview McDaniels.
The rumblings continues to suggest the Browns job is McDaniels if he wants it, but with him too having to focus on his current team’s postseason situation, it seems safe to say a new head coach won’t be in place in Cleveland for at least another week.
As of now, the Browns have no plans to interview Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden or Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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