The Cleveland Browns fired Freddie Kitchens on Sunday and once Monday morning arrived, the team immediately got to work in search of finding the next leader of the franchise.
The team has reportedly requested and were granted interviews with the following candidates
- Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (link)
- Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman (link)
- 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh (link)
- Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski (link)
- Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (link)
Cleveland will reportedly travel to San Francisco later this week to interview Saleh as the 49ers have a first-round bye in the NFC Playoffs. It’s unclear when the team will interview Roman although it would likely be this week as Baltimore is also on a first-round bye.
McDaniels seems to be the frontrunner for the position currently but with New England preparing for their Wild Card matchup against Tennessee on Saturday night, the interview will take place next week.
Stefanski, who was a finalist last year for the Browns head coaching vacancy and is a favorite of Chief Strategy Office Paul DePodesta led the Vikings to the fourth-rated offense in the NFL this season but is likely focused on this Sunday’s Wild Card matchup against the New Orleans Saints. His interview will have to take place after the game per NFL rules.
Daboll is no stranger to Cleveland as he was the offensive coordinator for two seasons under Eric Mangini in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The Bills play the Houston Texans this week in the Wild Card round so a potential interview would also be next week.
The Browns will also interview former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy according to the NFL Network. McCarthy has already interviewed twice with the Carolina Panthers.
It appears as though the leaders at the top of the Cleveland Browns organization will be conducting a wide-ranging search and making sure they come away with the right candidate so it shouldn’t be a surprise if we hear of even more candidates in the coming days.