CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns quest for their 15th full-time head coach in franchise history is moving full steam ahead.
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland on Friday for an interview with team officials CBS Sports’ Jason La Canforwa reports. Interviewing Bowles does satisfy the ‘Rooney rule.’
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will interview with the Browns Saturday in New England ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported Thursday.
McDaniels, who is thought to be atop the Browns wish list to replace Rob Chudzinski, is a northeast Ohio native and starred at Canton McKinley High School.
With New England on a playoff bye, the Browns had until January 5th to meet with McDaniels before having to wait until the end of the Patriots playoff run.
McDaniels was fired by the Denver Broncos midway through the 2010 season after essentially being given control of the organization in 2009. After winning his first 6 games, McDaniels lost 17 of his next 22 to finish 11-17 in a season and 1/2.
He was fired after 1 season as offensive coordinator in St. Louis after Sam Bradford and the Rams finished with the second-worst offense in the league before returning to New England in 2012.
If the Browns were to hire McDaniels, he’d be the third off the Bill Belichick tree. The previous 2 – Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini – failed miserably.
The Browns met Wednesday with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in Seattle. Quinn was the first to interview for the job since it opened up Sunday night with the firing of Rob Chudzinski after 1 season.
The Browns will not comment on their coaching search.
The Browns also reportedly have interest in Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. The success of Pete Carroll in Seattle and Chip Kelly in Philadelphia – bot former college coaches – has intrigued the Browns.
Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase said he will wait until after the playoffs to consider any opportunities which is a believed to be a polite way of declining interest in the job.
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