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Browns request interview with Ravens’ OC Greg Roman; DC ‘Wink’ Martindale a ‘top candidate’ for coaching vacancies, per report

"It's going to be in the history books that we went down 14-2," said Judon when asked about the Ravens season.

With the NFL’s regular season coming to a close and organizations cleaning house on “Black Monday,” the Ravens’ coordinators are among the top candidates for head coaching jobs as teams begin their searches.

The Cleveland Browns have requested permission to interview Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman for their coaching vacancy, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday. Harbaugh said the team has honored the request and will do so for all assistant coaches. He added it is the only request he has been made aware of.

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Cleveland fired Freddie Kitchens after Sunday’s 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and a disappointing 6-10 finish in his first season as coach.

NFL rules allow assistant coaches to interview for coaching jobs during a team’s bye week. The Ravens, the AFC’s top seed, will have a bye before hosting the conference’s lowest remaining seed Jan. 11 in the divisional round.

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The Ravens will hold three modified practices during their bye week before the AFC wild-card round games are played Saturday.

“You way you handle it is business as usual,” Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference. “I don’t think nowadays that guys spend too much time putting together notebooks and preparing for interviews and all that. ... That’s who you are. You walk in there and you try to get to know each other and it doesn’t take too long.

“So they’ll be able to focus 100% on preparation and also take out a sliver of time and go do that, whatever is requested of them.”

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is also “emerging as a top candidate” for head-coaching vacancies, according to an NFL Network report. The report states Martindale’s top choice for an offensive coordinator would be Joe Brady, the 30-year-old passing game coordinator for LSU who has spearheaded the Tigers’ offense this season and the success of Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

Harbaugh commented last week on the possibility of teams wanting to interview his coordinators and said he would be supportive of whatever opportunities Roman and Martindale received.

When asked last week about being linked to coaching vacancies, Martindale said an opening would have to be a “dream-type job” to leave Baltimore. Roman said he was focused on his current position as offensive coordinator.

“All that stuff will come to pass as it does,” said Roman, who designed an offense that on Sunday set the single-season team rushing record. “It’s in other people’s control, in other people’s hands, so I think we really just focus on your job, and I love my job. I’ve got every minute of every day filled up, so that’s a good thing, too. So just keep it simple.”

Extra points

>> Harbaugh said Sunday’s 28-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which the team sat six Pro Bowl selections and seven starters, was “probably, in many ways, our most complete team victory of the year.”

“All three phases contributed,” Harbaugh said. “You watch the tape, I didn’t see any player or phase or unit that was disappointing in any way. Every single player and every single unit played winning football. That’s pretty complete and that’s pretty rare.”

>> Running back Mark Ingram II is “on schedule” in his recovery from a calf strain and had a running workout on Monday, Harbaugh said.

>> Several players, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, are battling the flu, Harbaugh said. Jackson, who did not play in the team’s win over the Steelers, is expected to participate Tuesday in the team’s practice.

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