The interest has been confirmed by reports, but the Browns have now made said interest official.
After it was made well known on Monday night that the Browns were targeting Cincinnati Bengals OC, Hue Jackson, to become Cleveland's next head coach, the team confirmed on Tuesday night that it held a second interview with Jackson.
Though the interest is apparent, the Browns have not made a formal offer to Jackson to become the team's head coach, according to multiple reports.
In addition, multiple reports are indicating that Jackson will still interview with the New York Giants, for the first time, on Thursday.
Jackson's first interview with the Browns was held on Sunday, following Cincinnati's loss to Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs.
Following the completion of initial interviews with seven candidates-- Jackson, Sean McDermott, Matt Patricia, Doug Marrone, Adam Gase and Jerome Henderson-- the Browns, according to multiple reports, came to the conclusion that Jackson was the one to make a push for, as the team narrowed down its search for a new head coach.
The only other team to interview Jackson, as of Tuesday night, is the San Francisco 49ers, but according to a report from Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the team is no longer interested in Jackson's services and has ended its pursuit of him, at least for now.
That leaves the Browns and Giants as the top two destinations for Jackson, as of Tuesday night.
It has been reported that a major influence in personnel decisions is something that Jackson is interested in and something the Browns are willing to offer him, despite owner Jimmy Haslam saying that ultimate control over the team's 53-man roster belongs to newly appointed Executive VP of Football Operations, Sashi Browns.
Haslam was the only primary owner of an NFL franchise to be absent from Tuesday's owners meetings in Houston, as Dee Haslam represented the Browns and voted on various proposals to move an NFL franchise, or two, to the Los Angeles Area.
It would appear that Jimmy Haslam missed the meetings in order to conduct a second interview with Jackson.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, in addition to reporting that the Browns were making a strong push for Jackson, said on ESPN Cleveland that the team put itself in an "incredibly good position" to hire the coach.
Clearly, it remains to be seen if Jackson will be the next head coach of the Browns, but the interest is clearly there and the opposition-- the Giants-- is certainly known.
While the majority of the buzz in Berea is around the head coach, the Browns could be in danger of losing offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo, after he was asked to stay in Cleveland by the front office.
It appears as if many teams are intrigued by DeFilippo, including the 49ers, who are very interested in his services as an offensive coordinator.
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