According to a report from NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, the Cleveland Browns have tabbed Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin as top candidates for their head coaching vacancy to replace Rob Chudzinski, whom they fired after just one season on Monday.
Gus Malzahn (Auburn) very much a top candidate for CLE. Vandy’s James Franklin in the mix. One of them or McDaniels expected to get that job
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2014
At the moment, Malzahn is in Pasadena getting his team ready to take on the Florida State Seminoles in Monday’s BCS National Championship Game. While Malzahn has been linked somewhat as a candidate for the Texas job, this is really the first time that he’s been tied to an NFL opening.
As for Franklin, you can just add this to the list of vacancies that he’s been tied to which also includes Texas and Penn State. As early as this week it was reported that he was beginning to draw a lot of interest from the NFL community.
In one lass tidbit about the Browns opening, as La Canfora pointed out, they were given permission today to speak to New England offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels.