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Cleveland Browns will interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles this week

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has his first interview of the offseason scheduled, according to a report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bowles will meet with the Cleveland Browns to discuss their head coaching vacancy, Schefter reported Thursday. Although the Minnesota Vikings have requested permission to interview Bowles, a meeting has not been scheduled.

The Browns need an offensive-minded coach more than a defensive one, after their offense finished the season ranked 18th overall, tied for 27th in the run and 11th in the pass. But Bowles saw first-hand this past season the importance of a head coach trusting his assistants. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had been an offensive assistant throughout his entire career. He hired Bowles to run the offense and was mostly hands off, letting Bowles mold the Cardinals into the sixth-best defense and top-ranked unit against the run.


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