Friday is a big day for Josh McDaniels.
The Patriots' offensive coordinator is in Cleveland interviewing with the Browns for their vacant head-coaching job. This comes after he did not even get a chance to interview with the Giants and Panthers this week, as they both hired a new coach before even speaking with him.
According to multiple reports, owner Jimmy Haslem sent the Browns' plane to get McDaniels, which is standard operating procedure for candidates. McDaniels is the eighth person the Browns have interviewed and is expected to be the final one, as well.
Reports also say the organization hopes to have its new coach by the end of the weekend.
The most important detail, though, is McDaniels' wife Laura is on the trip, which could be an indication if things go according to plan, McDaniels could be accepting the job if it gets offered. The 43-year-old grew up in the Cleveland area and interviewed for the position in 2009 and 2014.
The position is certainly a good one given how talented the team is, especially on offense. McDaniels would get the chance to work with Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and others, which is much better than what he had to work with this year in New England.
There are some concerns, though, especially when it comes to who is in charge.
Paul DePodesta, who is running the hiring process, is the Browns' CSO, but given his baseball background and use of analytics, McDaniels reportedly does not want him involved in football decisions and would like to bring in his own personnel man to replace the recently let go John Dorsey. This likely would be Dave Ziegler and not Nick Caserio, like some has assumed.
McDaniels is likely competing against 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski for the job.
It seems likely a decision on the job will be made at some point over the weekend.