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Report: Josh McDaniels interested in Browns head coaching job

Report: Josh McDaniels interested in Browns head coaching job

There are plenty of open head coaching positions, but one in particular reportedly has piqued Josh McDaniels' interest.

According to a report from Steve Doerschuk of The Canton Repository, McDaniels has specifically expressed interest in the Browns job.

"McDaniels is enthusiastically interested in the Cleveland opening," Doershuk writes. "The Browns have used back channels to indicate a mutual preliminary interest, but they have not invited him to an early interview. The Green Bay Packers did, and he said yes."

"Browns General Manager John Dorsey has been good at cloaking what he is up to, including in the eyes of some obvious candidates. However, indications are that McDaniels is a very serious candidate."

It's easy to see why the Browns would be an attractive destination for McDaniels. Cleveland took a major step in the right direction this season, posting a 7-8-1 record following a winless 2017 campaign. With No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield headlining a young roster with noticeable talent, McDaniels would immediately step into an ideal situation.

The Patriots offensive coordinator declined the Bengals' coaching interview request, but reportedly is expected to interview for the Packers' open position on Friday. It appears McDaniels will have plenty of options on the table, but It'll be interesting to see whether the whole Colts fiasco has any impact on teams' willingness to commit to him.

For now, McDaniels has more to worry about with the Patriots waiting to see who they will be hosting in the Divisional Round.

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NFL odds: Patriots co-favorites to win Super Bowl 54 after schedule release

NFL odds: Patriots co-favorites to win Super Bowl 54 after schedule release

The 2019 NFL schedule is out, which means we know who, when and where the New England Patriots will play this season.

That also means it's prediction time, and oddsmakers began the process immediately Wednesday night by putting out updated odds to win Super Bowl LIV.

To the surprise of no one, the defending Super Bowl champions are favored to repeat at +600 odds. But they have company in the Kansas City Chiefs, the team they beat to reach Super Bowl LIII last season.

Here are Super Bowl LIV odds for every team, via Caesars Palace:

The Patriots will have to fill Rob Gronkowski's massive void and have some question marks at wide receiver. But Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still are experts at their respective crafts, and with a schedule that presents few pitfalls, New England should win the AFC East with ease to set up another deep playoff run.

Oh, and about the Patriots' competition... The three other AFC East teams all have odds of +6000 or longer to reach Super Bowl LIV, a reflection of just how weak this division is.

There might be a new contender elsewhere in the AFC, though: The Cleveland Browns boast the fifth-best Super Bowl odds in the NFL after acquiring big names like Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon this offseason.

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Tom E. Curran's week-by-week breakdown of 2019 Patriots schedule

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Tom E. Curran's week-by-week breakdown of 2019 Patriots schedule

For months, we've known which opponents the Patriots would face in 2019. But we had to wait until Wednesday to find out when every game would slot into their 16-game schedule.

The defending champions will open on Sunday, September 8 against the Steelers, and their schedule includes five primetime games.

But between the intriguing matchups, the most challenging games, and the games that are basically glorified bye weeks, Tom E. Curran takes a week-by-week look at what's ahead for New England in its Super Bowl defense.

Click here for Curran's take on the 2019 schedule.>>>>

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