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Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels raises his hand while leaving the field after their 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels, Jim Schwartz 'strong' candidates for Cleveland Browns head coach job

The Cleveland Browns thought that the new regime they were bringing in over this past offseason would be one that would provide stability for the future of the organization. But according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that stability will have to wait year as the the Browns are expected to fire head coach Rob Chudzinski in the near future.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports cautions that the brakes need to be pumped on the firing of Chudzinski, but if it indeed happens he states that two coaches could end up as strong candidates to succeed Chudzinski in Cleveland. La Canfora lists New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and current Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as two potentially strong candidates for the job.

McDaniels was rumored for the job last year and has head coaching experience from his days in Denver. McDaniels was run out of town after shady coaching tactics but has revived his career back in New England. Schwartz would obviously need to be fired by the Detroit Lions first before he’s considered a true candidate, but he has history with the Browns as he was a member of Bill Belichick’s staff back in the mid-90s.

Chudzinski first needs to be fired for any of this to make any sense, but if Mortensen’s report is correct, the Browns seemingly have two guys at the front of the line when it comes to conducting interviews for a second consecutive offseason.

Tags: Cleveland Browns Jim Schwartz Josh McDaniels Rob Chudzinski

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