1/4, 9:45 a.m. — The Browns are meeting with Robert Saleh in Santa Clara on Saturday.
1/3, 5:50 p.m. — The Browns are scheduled to meet with Bieniemy tonight, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy is scheduled to meet with the Browns tonight, then the Giants on Saturday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2020
1/3, 9:30 a.m. — The Browns will interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy on Friday.
1/2, 12:31 p.m. — The Browns will interview Bills OC Brian Daboll.
1/2, 9:42 a.m. — The Browns might try and make a push for Urban Meyer, according to Bruce Feldman.
12/31, 10:23 a.m. — The Browns plan to interview the 49ers Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur for the HC job.
49ers’ run game coordinator Mike McDaniel also likely to interview with Browns, per source, though nothing set up just yet.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2019
So the Browns could go to SF and interview Saleh, McDaniel and Mike LaFleur all in the same weekend.
Three 49ers coaches being eyed by the Browns.
12/30, 12:36 a.m. — The Browns plan to interview ex-Packers HC Mike McCarthy.
12/30, 12:11 a.m. — The Browns have requested permission to interview 49ers DC Robert Saleh.
And now the Browns have requested permission to interview 49ers’ defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for their head coaching job, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2019
12/30, 11:00 a.m. — The Browns have requested permission to interview Ravens OC Greg Roman
Cleveland Browns have requested permission to interview Ravens' OC Greg Roman for their head-coaching vacancy, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2019
12/30, 10:07 a.m. — The Browns have requested permission to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Cleveland Browns requested permission to interview Patriots’ OC Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy, per source. Panthers also expected to request interview.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2019
The Cleveland Browns are set to begin their search for a new head coach. Freddie Kitchens was fired after one year at the helm. Kitchens was originally hired as running backs coach, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2018 after head coach and Todd Haley were fired midway through the season. Kitchens was promoted into the head coach role following the season.
Cleveland followed up last year’s 7-8-1 season with a 6-10 season under Kitchens, which was disappointing considering that the team was a sexy pick to win the Super Bowl coming into Week 1. The acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt raised the ceiling of a Browns franchise that’s usually an underdog. Now Cleveland is hoping to find a leader that can maximize its potential.
There hasn’t been much talk surrounding who could replace Kitchens, but names like Josh McDaniels and Mike McCarthy have appeared in the rumor mill. McDaniels, the offensive coordinator of the Patriots, has been one of the most sought after coaching prospects in the NFL in recent years. But it seems unlikely that he’ll be lured away from such a consistently good franchise. The Panthers, who also have a vacancy at head coach, are rumored to have interest in McDaniels.
McCarthy was fired by the the Packers last year and has been on the search for his next job ever since. He’s already interviewed with the Panthers and will surely garner interest from several other teams moving forward.
Cleveland’s coach carousel has continued to spin. Whether it finds a long-term solution remains to be seen, but it’ll certainly keep working toward finding one.
Mike McCarthy — Scott Petrak
Eric Bieniemy — Browns PR
Robert Saleh — Browns PR
Josh McDaniels — Adam Schefter
Greg Roman — Adam Schefter
Mike LaFleur — Adam Schefter
Mike McDaniel — Adam Schefter
Brian Daboll — Mary Kay Cabot
Urban Meyer — Bruce Feldman