The Browns have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Canton native Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy, a league source confirmed 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.
The Patriots (12-4) finished the regular season with the NFLís seventh-ranked offense (384.5 yards per game).
The Browns wanted to interview McDaniels, a Canton McKinley High School graduate, last year before they hired Chudzinski, but he declined because he wanted to stay with the Patriots at the time.
McDaniels spent the 2009-10 seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos. He compiled a record of 11-17 before being fired following Week 13.
The Browns also have requested permission to interview 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.