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Browns pushing to set up interview with Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels, Tim Tebow

New England Patriots quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels, left, greets New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) after an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The Patriots won 29-26 in overtime. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


As soon as the Browns had an opening, people began linking Josh McDaniels with the job, based on his relationship with Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi.

Now there’s some fire to go with that smoke, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the Browns are “pushing” to interview the Patriots offensive coordinator for their vacant head coaching job.

Nothing has been set up at this point, just as there are no rumors yet about a Ryan Mallett package deal (though that’s probably inevitable, as the Tim Tebow reports will be).

The Browns have also asked permission to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, after firing a young coordinator one year into the job (Rob Chudzinski).