New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will interview for the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching vacancy today. The interview was initially reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and confirmed by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
Patricia is finishing up his fourth season as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, and has worked as an assistant under Bill Belichick since the 2004 season, including tenures coaching on both sides of the ball. Patricia has won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, in 2004 and 2014, and New England is of course still in contention to win the Super Bowl this season, which would be their fifth championship under Belichick.
One would almost assume that it’s Patricia who is interviewing the Browns, instead of vice-versa. Since Patricia’s arrival in New England, the Browns have cycled through seven head coaches, including two former Patriots coordinators in Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had previously left New England, to coach the Denver Broncos, but is not pursuing any interviews this weekend, understandably preferring to stay and contribute to the Patriots’ perpetual success.