Patriots head coach Bill Belichick chose not to say on Tuesday whether the team has given the Cleveland Browns permission to interview offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their vacant head coaching position.
Reports on Monday indicated that the Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday after one 4-12 season, had requested permission from the Patriots to speak with McDaniels.
Asked specifically if the team had granted the Browns permission, Belichick deferred.
“I’m not going to get into any of that. The procedures are in place with the league and so forth, so any comments on that I don’t think are appropriate, so I won’t make any,” Belichick said.
Since the Patriots have a first-round playoff bye, McDaniels would be allowed to interview this week with another team, so long as his current employer gives the OK.
McDaniels is a native of northeast Ohio, and was the head coach of the Denver Broncos for parts of two seasons (2009-10) before getting fired. Back with the Patriots for a second stint, McDaniels directed an offense that scored 444 points, fifth-most in franchise history.