New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

Report: Browns request permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator

The Cleveland Browns have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a Canton, Ohio native, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Browns on Sunday fired Freddie Kitchens after one season. 

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The Browns wouldn’t be able to interview McDaniels until after the Patriots finish the playoffs.

McDaniels, 43, has been the Patriots’ offensive coordinator the last eight seasons. He reached an agreement to become the head coach of Colts in 2018, but pulled out of the deal before it became official and returned to New England.

McDaniels was the head coach for the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010. He was 8-8 in 2009 and was fired after Week 13 in 2009, finishing 3-9. Prior to the stint in Denver, he was offensive coordinator for the Patriots for three seasons.

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McDaniels’ father, Thom, coached high school football in Ohio for 40 years at Warren G. Harding, Canton McKinley and Massillon Jackson.

The team also is expected to interview former Packers coach Mike McCarthy, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

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