Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Browns in their coaching search on Sunday. This morning, we found out the Browns weren’t interviewing anyone today. Curious, but now we have clarity.
Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reported that Daboll would interview with the Browns on Monday instead of Sunday. Then NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport explained why:
“Thanks to the loss, instead of hurrying to Buffalo, [the Browns]’ll bring him to Cleveland this week for the interview—which means he can meet more of the current front office.”
It wasn’t an indication that they were cooling on the Buffalo native, just that they wanted him to come to Cleveland instead. The Browns recently fired general manager John Dorsey, so the “front office” is an interesting designation.
The Browns fired Freddie Kitchens on December 29th after their disastrous season (and 17th without a playoff berth). They have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy in addition to Daboll. They were reportedly turned down by Baylor head coach Matt Rhule and have strong interest in former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. They have interviewed former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, as well, so it’s a pretty deep and wide-ranging field.