The Browns have requested permission to interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for their head-coaching vacancy, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported today.
The Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night after just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 and finished the season with a seven-game losing streak and 10 defeats in the last 11 games.
By interviewing Bowles, the Browns would satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for vacancies at head coach and the highest-ranking player personnel position.
Bowles has been an NFL assistant coach for 14 seasons. He coached defensive backs for the Browns from 2001-04. The Cardinals (10-6) finished the season with the league’s sixth-ranked defense (317.4 yards allowed per game).
The Browns also have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a Canton McKinley High School graduate, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a league source said.
Jim Schwartz, whom the Detroit Lions fired as their head coach today, could also receive interest from the Browns partly because of his long-standing relationship with General Manager Mike Lombardi.