The Browns have been granted permission to interview defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their vacant head coaching position.
The Browns fired coach Mike Pettine on Sunday after he led the team to a 10–22 record over two seasons with just three wins this year.
Because the Patriots have a bye for the first round of the playoffs, Patricia, 41, could interview with Cleveland as soon as this week, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Patricia has been with the Patriots since 2004 and has served as a coaching assistant, assistant offensive line coach, linebackers coach and safeties coach before moving up to his current role as defensive coordinator. This season, the Patriots defense ranked No. 9 in total defense and No. 10 in points allowed.
- Erin Flynn