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Kansas City Also Wants Scott Pioli

In addition to the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs have also officially asked for permission and are free to speak with Scott Pioli, according to an NFL source.

The Browns have also officially requested permission to speak with Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their head coaching vacancy.

Via Boston Globe

Browns And Lions Have Permission To Interview Titans' D Coordinator

The Browns have asked for and received permission to interview Titans' defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for their head coaching vacancy, a source told the Plain Dealer on Wednesday.

Schwartz, a scout for the Browns from 1993 to 1995 under Bill Belichick, is believed to be intrigued by the thought of returning to Cleveland, where he began his NFL career as an unpaid intern. The Lions have also been granted permission to interview Schwartz, 42.

Via Plain Dealer

Browns Will Stop At Nothing To Get Pioli

According to a source, Browns' owner Randy Lerner was not pleased when former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher spurned his advances so he is prepared to make what was described as ?a huge? financial offer to Scott Pioli.

The offer would include not only millions but, more importantly, full control of the organization and the funds necessary to bring in Pioli?s first choice as head coach, Iowa?s Kirk Ferentz, or perhaps his longtime friend Eric Mangini.

Although it has been widely speculated Pioli might try to create a package deal that would include Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as his head coach, that is not the case, according to several league sources.

Pioli favors Ferentz, with whom he first worked under Bill Belichick when both were with the Browns 15 years ago, with Mangini as a possible fallback choice.

Via Boston Herald

Browns To Interview Mangini

The Browns will interview fired New York Jets' coach Eric Mangini soon, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday, a league source said.

Mangini, who began his NFL career with the Browns in 1994 as a ballboy and public relations assistant, was fired by the Jets Monday after they went 9-7. The Browns fired head coach Romeo Crennel on Monday.

Via Plain Dealer

Cowher Uninterested In Cleveland Job

The Browns fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, and former Steelers' coach Bill Cowher has already told the team he isn't interested.

Owner Randy Lerner met with Cowher on Saturday night in New York. Cowher told him he has no intention of returning to coaching in 2009. He asked Lerner to remove him from his list of coaching candidates.

"The explanation that he gave," Lerner said, "was that he was very focused on his kids and his life in North Carolina, and the way he's living in a noncoaching or, if you will, a civilian existence and that he wasn't finished with that."

Via NFL.com

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