CLEVELAND — With Josh McDaniels and his wife, Laura, in the building, all signs pointed to the Cleveland Browns making a decision on who their next head coach will be on Friday.
As it turns out, that won't be the case.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Browns will let their head coaching search continue into the weekend instead of making a decision on Friday. Per Rapoport, the Browns "are committed to their process and taking time with the coaching search," in which McDaniels was expected to be the final candidate that they interviewed.
The Browns fired head coach Freddie Kitchens following the completion of a 6-10 season on Dec. 29 and remain the current NFL head coaching job still vacant after the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants made hires earlier this week.
While the Browns have interviewed several candidates for the opening dating back to last week, they seem to have narrowed their search down to McDaniels, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is also considered a serious candidate for the job after interviewing with Browns brass for the vacancy on Wednesday.
With the Browns not expected to name a new head coach by Friday, an introductory press conference with their new head coach -- whoever it is -- is unlikely to occur until Monday at the earliest with the NFL's Divisional Round slated to take place this weekend.