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Browns Receive Permission to Interview Jim O'Neil

Monday was supposed to be "decision time" when it came to knowing whether or not the Buffalo Bills would grant permission to the Browns to interview linebackers coach Jim O'Neil to serve as defensive coordinator under head coach Mike Pettine. According to Ian Rapoport of, the Bills have granted that permission:

By saying it is a formality, Rapoport means that it is basically a done deal: O'Neil will be the Browns' next defensive coordinator. After he is officially brought on board, it would be expected that several defensive assistants would soon follow.