McDaniels is front runner for Browns job

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CLEVELAND — The Browns ended the year the same way they began 2013 — looking for a coach.

The search is on. Again. And, again, it includes New England offensive coordinator and former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

The team will begin interviewing candidates to replace Rob Chudzinski this week by meeting with McDaniels and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Chudzinski was fired Sunday after less than a year on the job and a 4-12 record.

So owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are back on the road trying to find a coach.

Banner said the Browns will follow the same formula as they did before hiring Chudzinski.

The team received permission Tuesday to interview McDaniels, who appears to be the front-runner to become Cleveland's seventh full-time coach since 1999 and fifth since 2008.

McDaniels was on Cleveland's radar during their previous coaching search, but the Ohio native declined an interview request because he wasn't ready to uproot his young family.

McDaniels went just 11-17 with the Broncos, but some of his issues were attributed to having to handle general manager duties as well.

McDaniels, 37, has a long relationship with Cleveland GM Michael Lombardi, and Banner has identified McDaniels as one of the game's bright, young minds.

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