It appears the Browns have someone willing to interview with them, the guy everyone assumed would be first on their list all along.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots have given the Browns permission to interview offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their vacant head coaching job.
Ostensibly, McDaniels would be interested, given his ties with Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi.
Not everyone seems as eager. Already, Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has said he doesn't want to interview for anything until his season is over, and there are indications Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles might not be interested either.
There's a clean-slate quality to the Browns job, knowing they're going to go get a quarterback this offseason. Whether that's a draft pick or some veteran player remains to be seen.
McDaniels took Tim Tebow when he had the chance to do the same thing in Denver, and coincidentally, he's available.
McDaniels, 37, graduated from Canton McKinley High School and went to college at John Carroll University.
The Browns have also received permission to interview Dan Quinn, 43, the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator. Quinn has no head coaching experience.
The NFL draft is May 8 and the Browns have the fourth overall pick. Could their pick be Johnny Manziel? Reports are that Manziel will declare for the draft after tonight's bowl game. Texas A&M plays Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The redshirt sophomore threw 33 touchdown passes this season.