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Five Coaching Candidates on Cleveland Browns’ Radar

January 3rd, 2014 at 7:15 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

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The Cleveland Browns are looking at five head coaching candidates, according to Nathan Zegura, co-host of the Cleveland Browns Daily talk show.

Josh McDaniels (pictured) is the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach of the New England Patriots. The 37-year-old Barberton native had an 11-17 record the head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009-10.

Todd Bowles and Dan Quinn have distinguished themselves as defensive coordinators.

Quinn’s Seattle defense is the best in the league against the pass, giving up just 172 yards per game. Bowles’ crew in Arizona is the best against the run, surrendering 84 yards per game.

The Browns’ list also includes two college coaches: Gus Malzahn of Auburn and James Franklin of Vanderbilt.

Malzahn was the offensive coordinator when Auburn won the national championship in 2010, and in his first year as head coach of the Tigers, he has led the team to the national title game on Monday.

Franklin has guided the Vanderbilt Commodores to bowl games in each of his three seasons as head coach.

Whoever the Browns pick must work out, because firing Rob Chudzinski after one year reflected very badly on the organization. In a quarterback-driven league, don’t be surprised to see McDaniels get the call.

Tags: Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Football, NFL

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