Browns Request Interview With Josh McDaniels

The Browns, who fired head coach Freddie Kitchens yesterday, have requested an interview with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, as Adam Schefter of tweets. Mary Kay Cabot of says McDaniels is the Browns’ top choice (Twitter link).

Of course, McDaniels’ brief and disastrous tenure as the Broncos’ head coach from 2009-10 and his jilting of the Colts after he agreed to become their head coach in February 2018 are well-known. But he remains one of the most respected offensive minds in the game, and he has once again become a popular head coaching candidate.

Cabot writes in a full-length piece that the Browns’ job is attractive to McDaniels, an Ohio native. The question is whether McDaniels would want to work within the Cleveland front office as it’s currently structured. We heard yesterday that GM John Dorsey may be on the hot seat, and while the report of Kitchens’ firing indicated that Dorsey was safe, that may not be the case.

Indeed, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports believes owner Jimmy Haslam will, in fact, alter the executive layer of his team, and he thinks the dynamic between chief strategist Paul DePodesta and Dorsey will change (Twitter link). Cabot confirms that there is a disconnect between DePodesta and the analytics side of the operation and Dorsey and the football side, and that disconnect would obviously need to be resolved prior to McDaniels — or anyone else — agreeing to come on board.

Because of his desirability, McDaniels can afford to be particular and can largely dictate the makeup of a team’s front office. He is likely to want a lot of authority over personnel matters, and he may want to bring current Pats exec and popular GM candidate Nick Caserio along with him.

Meanwhile, Browns assistant coaches met with team brass this morning, per Cabot. They were not fired but were given permission to seek other jobs.

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, another top candidate for NFL head coaching jobs, is not interested in the Cleveland gig, per Michael Lomabrdi of The Athletic (via Twitter).

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36 comments on “Browns Request Interview With Josh McDaniels

  1. Ok browns. All you needed to do was fire the head coach, mission accomplished, don’t bring in this over rates scrub from New England… why not Kevin Stephanski from Minnesota?

    • Hannibal8us

      As a Vikings fan you can have him, I don’t understand the hype. Horrible play calling in big games and Kubiak has to watch over him. Maybe if you guys hire him we could get Pat Shurmur back as our OC who was much better than Stephanski at OC.

      • I remember him being a finalist for the browns last year. I believe DePodesta preferred him over Kitchens. I thought he did a good job of playcalling, but sounds like you watched many more Vikings games than I did… just want the browns to make a smart hiring decision. They’ve just been another level terrible with decision making for coaching positions and at this point I have no faith in the Haslams selecting the correct coach.

    • sufferfortribe

      Uh, let’s see. He’s from NE Ohio, would probably be given some authority in/over final player decisions, and would get plenty of $$$$$$$$$.

        • sufferfortribe

          First, since I don’t drink, I’m not drunk.
          Second, Dorsey gets paid by the owner. If the owner says that’s the arrangement, then Dorsey can agree….or leave.

          • Steven Juris

            Dorsey knows more about running an NFL organization then DePoedestra, McDaniels, Haslem combined. McDaniels had full control in Denver and proved that he’s incapable of running an organization and can’t handle football decision at all. Why hire retreads anyways? The last competent coach that Cleveland had got fired for a 10-6 record and went on to win 5 SBs. McDaniels isn’t the answer.

      • qbass187

        None of that is better than what he has now or better than what he turned down in IND. try again.

  2. TJECK109

    I have a feeling it’s going to be an off the wall type of hire like a Rex Ryan

          • sufferfortribe

            Oh, and thank you for basically accusing me of being racist without knowing the color of my skin. Classy.

        • sufferfortribe

          I’m happy when people are rewarded based on ability and experience, not color, be it black or white or purple or whatever.

          • Steven Juris

            Without the Rooney Rule, the NFL would have just about never hired a single head coach who wasn’t white. Rules there for a reason.

  3. sufferfortribe

    Not my first choice, but what the heck do I know about hiring coaches?

  4. Peterd

    Haslam said yesterday he “ wanted a leader”. So now it’s Josh McDaniel ???
    Mike McCarthy is a proven commodity and didn’t bail on a team that hired him. Browns need a safe hire here

  5. crazylarry

    McDaniel with Cleveland would be excellent. Dumpster Fire no 2. It isn’t McDaniels it is Belicheat and Brady. Dude can’t tie his shoes alone be a head coach.

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