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Report: Browns to interview McDaniels on Saturday

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The Cleveland Browns will interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Thursday.

The interview is expected to take place in the New England area.

Under league rules, only assistants with teams that earned byes in the first week may interview -- but not offered a new job -- for vacant head coaching positions.

Rob Chudzinski was fired Sunday night after going 4-12 and finishing on a seven-game losing streak in his only season as head coach.

The Browns reportedly also have asked permission to interview three assistant coaches: Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Jim Schwartz, fired earlier this week as head coach of the Detroit Lions, also could be interviewed, according to ESPN.

The 37-year old McDaniels, who has a longstanding relationship with Cleveland general manager Mike Lombardi, grew up rooting for the Browns in his home town of Canton, Ohio.

McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2010 after losses in 17 of his final 22 games in Denver. It was his only head coaching job.

Former Browns head coaches Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini also had ties with the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick. Both were fired by the Browns.
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