NFL Rumors: Urban Meyer among Josh McDaniels' competitors for Browns head coach job


Josh McDaniels reportedly is a strong candidate to return to his home state and take the Cleveland Browns' head coach job.

But he's apparently not the only famous Ohioan in the running for the Browns gig.

Cleveland has "strong interest" in Ohio State head coach and Toledo native Urban Meyer, The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reported Thursday.

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Meyer would be a polarizing choice, to say the least: He's had unprecedented success as a college football head coach -- three national championships and a 187-32 overall record -- and is revered in Ohio, but has never coached at the NFL level and lost his job at Ohio State in 2018 due his mishandling of abuse allegations made against his assistant coach, Zach Smith.

The Browns also confirmed Thursday they're interviewing former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and will interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Salah this weekend, according to's Mary Kay Cabot.

Cleveland is expected to interview Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Roman, as well, per Cabot.

That's a star-studded list of coaching candidates for the Browns. So, even if Cleveland's firing of general manager John Dorsey increases McDaniels' chances of taking the Browns job (and taking a new GM with him), he'll have to beat out some stiff competition.

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