Those close to Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress have been holding out hope that a victory over New England in Super Bowl XXXIX would keep
him alive for the Cleveland Browns' search for a new coach.
But league and team sources have confirmed the obvious, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is the Browns'
choice and a formal job offer job will be made as early as Sunday night after the Super Bowl.
The Browns also interviewed interim coach Terry Robiskie and Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm.
The lead figure of a group that helps minority candidates said Friday he had a "very encouraging" conversation with the Browns about Crennel's chances
of becoming head coach.
"They said that his interview was excellent, that the owner was thoroughly impressed with him, that they liked him a whole lot," said John Wooten,
chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
The Browns have not spoken publicly about each candidate's chances.
Crennel, 57, is in his fourth season as Patriots defensive coordinator after one season in that position with the Browns. He has been an assistant on
four Super Bowl champions -- in the 1986 and 1990 seasons with the New York Giants and the 2001 and 2003 seasons with the Patriots.
Crennel also interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job that went to Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
Crennel's agent, Joe Linta, said Friday he had not spoken with Browns officials since the interview about two weeks ago with Collins, Browns owner
Randy Lerner and general manager Phil Savage.
Last year, Crennel interviewed with several teams, including Buffalo, Oakland, Chicago and Oakland. The previous season he spoke with San Francisco
about its job, which went to Dennis Erickson.
"One of the problems [in getting hired] is you have to be a hot guy and for years he never had the benefit of the press backing him," Linta said.
"After a couple of Super Bowls and the way [the Patriots] played, the guy couldn't hide anymore."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.