The Cleveland Browns are in the market for a new head coach after they fired Rob Chudzinski Sunday night, and as of now, the candidates they’ve shown significant interest in include Seattle Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, Broncos OC Adam Gase, and a pair of college football coaches in Guz Malzahn of Auburn and James Franklin of Vanderbilt.
But the perceived favorite ion Cleveland is current New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, and the team already has an interview set up with him this weekend:
Browns will interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for their HC job in New England on Saturday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2014
Under NFL rules, only assistants with teams that earned byes in the first week may interview for vacant head coaching positions. Under league policy, teams seeking a head coach may interview bye-week candidates but are not allowed to offer them a job or engage in negotiations until that team is finished with its postseason.
As of now, te Browns have no plans to interview Cincinnati Bengals OC Jay Gruden, and they’ve already stated they don’t plan on interviewing candidates they looked at last year, which included DC Mike Zimmer.
It seems NFL team s are making more of an effort to have their new coaches in place by the time the conference championship games take place. The Texans already hired Bill O’Brien and the Bucs just hired Lovie Smith.
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