In October, the 49ers skunked the Cleveland Browns 31-3 at Levi’s Stadium. Defensive end Nick Bosa punctuated the rout.
Baker Mayfield planted the Oklahoma flag in Ohio State’s field two years ago…
OSU’s Nick Bosa waved and planted a flag after hitting Baker tonight.
Waited for his revenge
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 8, 2019
The Browns may be about to exact revenge.
Per the indefatigable Adam Schefter: The Browns are interested in placing two more 49ers assistant coaches on their wish list. San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to reporters Monday that defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will interview with Browns officials in the Bay Area for the team’s head coaching position.
The first addition is 49ers’ passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur, the younger brother of Packers’ head coach Matt LaFleur. According to a Schefter source, Mike LaFleur is expected to interview this weekend for the Browns’ head coaching job.
The second is San Francisco run game coordinator Mike McDaniel. Though he is likely to interview with the Browns, according to Schefter, there is no meeting scheduled yet.
Even if the 49ers assistants nail their interviews with the Browns, their departure isn’t necessarily a sure thing. Last offseason, Shanahan denied interview/hire requests for Mike LaFleur, McDaniel and Rich Scangarello — who eventually was hired as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator.
Shanahan has a fraught history with Cleveland, where he was offensive coordinator for the 2014 season under controlling general manager Ray Farmer. But with turnover in the Browns’ front office, it seems unlikely this year that Shanahan will hold Saleh back from them, or any other team.
“I’m pumped for Saleh to get this opportunity,” Shanahan told reporters Monday. “(Browns owners) Mr. and Mrs. Haslam are great people and I think they’re great people to work for. We’ll see how the interview goes for him.”
If any of the three 49ers coordinators got the job, he would be the ninth Browns head coach in 12 seasons, a span during which the team has failed to post a winning record.
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