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Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:00 am


McDaniels spends day talking to Browns

Associated Press

CLEVELAND – Josh McDaniels is back home. Maybe not just to visit.

The Patriots offensive coordinator, whose first shot as an NFL coach didn't go well, interviewed Friday for seven hours with the Cleveland Browns, the team he grew up watching as a kid in Canton.

McDaniels and wife Laura spent most of the day at the team's facility in Berea, Ohio. However, to this point, there has been no agreement and the Browns remain the only NFL team without a coach.

Last week, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam promised the team's latest coaching search would be disciplined and thorough and the team has no reason to run the process now.

McDaniels is the eighth candidate to interview with Haslam and the Browns' search committee, which could be nearing a decision on the franchise hiring yet another coach after two decades in a futile search for stability.

The Browns have no other interviews scheduled for now, giving McDaniels a chance to make a strong, lasting impression.

This is McDaniels' third go-around with the Browns, who fired Freddie Kitchens after just one season. The 43-year-old was a candidate for Cleveland's job in 2009 when it went to Eric Mangini and he took Denver's job. Then again in 2014, when McDaniels pulled himself from consideration.

A return to his roots could be just the thing for McDaniels and the Browns. He was raised near the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played quarterback at Canton McKinley for his dad, Thom, a legendary high school coach in Northeast Ohio. McDaniels graduated from John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland.

If he's hired, McDaniels is expected to bring someone from New England's front office to be Cleveland's new general manager.

Director of player personnel Nick Caserio and director of pro personnel Dave Ziegler have been speculated as candidates. Both played with McDaniels at John Carroll.

Haslam wants his coach to have a major say in the hiring of a GM as a way to have alignment from the outset. The Browns parted ways with GM John Dorsey last week.

The Browns interviewed Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Thursday. He was a finalist for the job a year ago.

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