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Browns to interview Bills’ OC Brian Daboll on Monday for head coaching job

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The Cleveland Browns will interview Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for their head coaching vacancy on Monday, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Daboll was initially supposed to interview with the Bills on Sunday, but plans changed following Buffalo’s Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday, as Daboll spent the rest of the weekend wrapping up the season with the Bills.

The Browns’ interest in Daboll is somewhat peculiar, given that Buffalo was certainly not an offensive juggernaut this year, but that had more to do with a lack of elite offensive talent than Daboll’s coaching.

Daboll also has plenty of experience, as he earned his first NFL coaching job back in 2000, when he was named a defensive assistant for the New England Patriots.

He resided with the Patriots through 2006 during his first stint with the club, getting promoted to the role of wide receivers coach in 2002.

The 44-year-old then took over as the New York Jets’ quarterbacks coach in 2007, holding that post for two years before joining the Browns as offensive coordinator in 2009.

After a pair of seasons in Cleveland, Daboll served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2011 and then the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 before returning to the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2013.

New England elevated Daboll to tight ends coach in 2014, where he remained through 2016. He proceeded to jump into the college ranks in 2017, taking a job as Alabama’s offensive coordinator before linking up with the Bills in 2018.

The Browns went 6-10 this season and fired Freddie Kitchens from his post as head coach after just one year as a result.