The Cleveland Browns have a long list of candidates for their head coaching vacancy, with Josh McDaniels and Dan Campbell listed as the betting favorites for the job.
As the Cleveland Browns continue the process of interviewing candidates for their head coaching vacancy, it is uncertain who is general manager John Dorsey’s favorite for the job.
Dorsey has been able to keep his plans close to the vest, as he has been making moves behind the scenes to find the people who leak information to the media.
That has not stopped the Las Vegas sports books, as they have listed three candidates for the Browns head coaching vacancy as the favorites – via 92.3 The Fan’s Keith Britton.
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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is currently the betting favorite for the Browns head coaching job. However, the Browns have yet to request permission to interview the 42-year-old coach. With the Patriots having a first round bye in the playoffs, teams must interview Patriots coaches for head coaching vacancies before the week of their first playoff game, or they will have to wait until New England is eliminated from the playoffs.
McDaniels has been reported to be ‘very interested’ in the Browns job, with Cleveland also showing interest through ‘back channels.’ It was also reported that McDaniels was ‘well-positioned’ for the Browns job. McDaniels is also the betting favorite for the Green Bay Packers job at 2/3 odds. Green Bay is the only team that McDaniels has accepted an interview request from so far this coaching cycle.
New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach, Dan Campbell, was one of the first coaches the Browns requested permission to interview for their head coaching vacancy. NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported on January 1st that Campbell will be interviewing with the Browns on Friday.
Campbell has short experience as a NFL head coach, as he was the Miami Dolphins interim head coach in 2015. After a 1-3 start under Joe Philbin, Campbell coached the Dolphins to a 5-7 record during his run as the head coach that season. Since 2016, he has been coaching under and learning from Saints head coach Sean Payton. He interviewed for the Colts head coaching vacancy last off-season and has had other interviews for head coaching jobs this off-season.
Browns interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has the same odds as Campbell for the Browns head coaching vacancy at 5/1. Dorsey stated that he plans on interviewing Kitchens for the head coaching vacancy, although the official date for the interview is not yet known.
Kitchens emerged as a head coaching candidate after his strong run as the Browns interim offensive coordinator. In the eight games he called plays, Kitchens helped quarterback Baker Mayfield’s performance and the overall performance of the offense. The Browns have reportedly blocked other teams from interviewing Kitchens for coordinator positions, as they want to give their next head coach the option of keeping Kitchens on his staff.
Kitchens is listed as one of the favorites for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching vacancy, but he has not interviewed for the position or any other position for that matter.