The Cleveland Browns requested permission to interview Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator, Matt Eberflus, for their head coaching vacancy, according to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero.
Eberflus is in his first season with the Colts and his first season as a defensive coordinator. The 48-year-old has been coaching in the NFL since 2009, when he was the Browns linebackers coach for two seasons.
He was with the Dallas Cowboys from 2011-2017, spending most of his time in Arlington as the linebackers coach. He also served as the team’s passing game coordinator for two seasons.
Eberflus joined Indianapolis as the defensive coordinator last off-season, when he was expecting to be working under Josh McDaniels. But after McDaniels decided to return to New England, Frank Reich decided to keep Eberflus on staff when he was named head coach.
In his only season as the Colts defensive coordinator, Eberflus turned a defense that ranked 30th in the league the previous two seasons into the 11th ranked defense in 2018. The Colts defense allowed 21.5 points per game, the 10th fewest in the league.
Eberflus is an Ohio native, as he was born in Toledo, Ohio. He started his coaching career with the University of Toledo in 1992, where he stayed on the staff until 2000.