— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 6, 2014
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels did confirm meeting with the Cleveland Browns about the head coaching job over the weekend. He was unwilling to get into it any further than that, trying to put the focus on the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots’ opponent this week in the playoffs.
McDaniels has long been a heavy favorite to land the job, though the Browns cannot officially offer the job until the Patriots are out of the playoffs. None of this means the Browns will actually give McDaniels the job, but certainly he is in the conversation.
To this point, the Browns have interviewed Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and McDaniels. There are also reports that the Browns have requested permission to talk to James Frankilin, the head coach at Vanderbilt.
Adam Gase, the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator has turned down all interviews while the Broncos are in the playoffs. The Browns and Minnesota Vikings had requested permission to speak with him.