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Browns interview Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores for head coach

The Browns on Saturday interviewed Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores for the team's head coach opening.

Flores, who has been in New England for the past 11 seasons, is the fifth candidate to interview. Gregg Williams -- who was the Browns' interim head coach during the second half of the 2018 season -- interviewed Tuesday, former NFL coach Jim Caldwell interviewed Wednesday, Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski interviewed Thursday and Saints assistant head coach/tight ends Dan Campbell interviewed Friday.

Though Flores doesn't hold the title of defensive coordinator, he assumed play-calling responsibilities for the 2018 season following the departure of Matt Patricia, who is now the Lions head coach. The Patriots, who hold the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs, ranked seventh in the NFL this season in scoring defense (20.3 points allowed per game) and tied for fifth with 28 takeaways.

Flores, a linebacker at Boston College, joined the Patriots as a scouting assistant shortly after his graduation in 2004 and took on pro scouting responsibilities in 2006. He made the jump to coaching in 2008 and worked as an assistant in all three phases before assuming the role of safeties coach in 2012. Flores transitioned to linebackers coach in 2016.

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Brian Flores - Patriots linebackers coach
Age: 37
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
College: Boston College
NFL Experience: 11 years