Report: Browns receive permission to interview Patriots' DC Matt Patricia

The chaos is beginning for Matt Patricia. Even though the Patriots are on a bye week before their playoff run begins, the team's defensive coordinator won't get the week off. Patricia, a popular candidate to snag a head coaching gig somewhere around the league, will be given the chance to interview for those jobs throughout the week.

His first stop: Cleveland.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns requested and received permission to interview Patricia. The Browns recently fired Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer after a 3-13 season.  

While Schefter didn't specify when that interview will take place, this week makes the most sense given the Browns probably won't want to wait for the Patriots' season to end before they speak with Patricia. As The Boston Globe's Ben Volin pointed out, this is the only week during the playoffs that Patricia can interview for potential jobs.

The interest Patricia is generating from around the league (the Dolphins reportedly reached out for an interview, as well) is well deserved. Under Patricia's guidance, his unit finished the regular season ranked No. 9 in total defense and No. 10 in points allowed. Impressively, he's maintained a top defense without key cogs -- namely, Darrelle Revis -- from last season's Super Bowl team. 

And, of course, belonging to the Bill Belichick coaching tree doesn't hurt his chances. Countless times over the years, we've seen teams hire away Belichick's top assistants in hopes they can replicate his success.

Could Patricia be next?

The Browns received permission to interview Matt Patricia. (USATSI)
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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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