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Raheem Morris will interview for Browns defensive coordinator position

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Washington Redskins defensive back coach Raheem Morris waves to fans along the sideline before the start of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Morris was the Buccaneers’ head coach last season. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


The Browns have a new head coach. They soon may have a new defensive coordinator.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will interview for the job on Friday.

Morris previously served as head coach of the Buccaneers. In 2011, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski went against Morris and the Bucs twice, when Chudzinski was the first-year offensive coordinator in Carolina. The Panthers won both games easily: 38-19 and 48-16.

Ordinarily, an assistant coach’s team may block him from interviewing for anything other than a head-coaching job. Per Stroud, the Redskins and Morris agreed when he was hired last year that he would be permitted to interview for defensive coordinator positions.

Of course, the Browns already have a defensive coordinator -- Dick Jauron. If he currently has an opportunity to land work elsewhere and if the Browns are stopping him from doing so because he’s under contract in Cleveland, here’s hoping the Browns resolve his status sooner rather than later so that he has a fair chance to find another job.

UPDATE 7:11 a.m. 1/17/13: Jauron and all other assistant coaches under contract with the Browns have the ability to pursue other work despite being under contract.