The Browns requested permission to interview New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores for their head coaching vacancy, ESPN reported Monday.

Browns General Manager John Dorsey declined to say whether the team requested the interview.

Flores, 37, is in his 11th season coaching for the Patriots and his third as their linebackers coach. He has served as their de facto defensive coordinator this season on the heels of Matt Patricia becoming the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Flores played linebacker at Boston College and upon graduating joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant in 2004. He joined the Patriots' coaching staff in 2008 after spending four seasons in their player personnel department.

Interviewing Flores would satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head coach.