A clue into why Josh McDaniels may not be Browns' next head coach

Ryan Hannable
January 11, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Josh McDaniels interviewed with the Browns for their vacant head-coaching job Friday, but left town without a deal.

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Then on Saturday, it was reported the Browns are looking to speak to a few general manager candidates and of the names mentioned, no one is connected to the Patriots' offensive coordinator. This could be a sign McDaniels is no longer in the running.

According to multiple reports, the Browns have requested permission to interview Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry and Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds. McDaniels was rumored to have wanted to bring in his own personnel man, and neither of those two have any experience with him.

McDaniels reportedly was connected to Dave Ziegler, the Patriots' director of pro scouting.

There are several other coaches who are in the mix for the job, including 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

Of course, things can change very quickly so McDaniels shouldn't totally be discounted, but if these are the only two names the Browns are looking to speak to, it's a sign he will not be their next head coach.

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