Browns request an interview with Saints’ Dan Campbell
The Cleveland Browns have requested permission to interview New Orleans Saints’ assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell for their head-coaching job, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Campbell is also being wooed by the Green Bay Packers.
The 42-year-old has been a member of the Saints’ coaching staff since 2016. Prior to his term in New Orleans, Campbell spent six years with the Miami Dolphins, ending his stint in Miami as the team’s interim head coach in 2015 (he went 5-7).
He first arrived with the Dolphins in 2010, beginning his coaching career as an intern. The following year, he was promoted to the role of tight ends coach, a position he held up until being chosen as Joe Philbin’s head-coaching replacement in 2015.
Campbell also had a 10-year NFL career as a tight end, playing for the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions. His most productive season came with the Lions in 2006, where he hauled in 21 receptions for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
The Browns seem to have a rather long list of coaching candidates, and on Tuesday, they interviewed Gregg Williams, who served as interim head coach in relief of Hue Jackson this season.
Williams led Cleveland to a 5-3 record, briefly vaulting the team into playoff contention after an impressive road win over the Denver Broncos in Week 15. The Browns ended the 2018 campaign with a record of 7-8-1, their best mark since going 10-6 in 2007.
Cleveland has not made the playoffs since the 2002-03 season, the longest active playoff drought in the NFL.