Browns Still Mulling Coaching Hire

The Browns completed their interview with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Friday, but they not quite ready to make their decision, Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter) hears. The Browns’ coaching search will roll on, likely with McDaniels, Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski, and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz representing the three finalists. 

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The Browns watched the Redskins, Cowboys, Panthers, and Giants beat them to the punch in their head coaching searches. That stripped away candidates like Mike McCarthy, but it also left the Browns with their pick of the remaining litter. At this time, the Browns are the only NFL team in search of a head coach.

Despite all of their dysfunction over the years, the Browns job holds obvious appeal – and not just because they’re the only game in town. Quarterback Baker Mayfield still stands as one of the most dynamic players at his position with potential to rebound from his rocky 2019. Meanwhile, he’s surrounded by seriously talented weapons including Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, and pending free agent Kareem Hunt.

Some feel that McDaniels would be the best hire and the right coach to get the most out of the team’s offensive talent. Still, Stefanski is also a highly-respected offensive mind and there’s also a case for the Browns to tighten up their defense under someone like Schwartz.

We’ve been hearing that the Browns are looking to make their decision by Saturday, so the search could be coming to its conclusion very soon.

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53 comments on “Browns Still Mulling Coaching Hire

  1. TJECK109

    Hmm has to be a blow to the McDaniels ego. Take your wife along, you have to be thinking you will be getting an offer.

    I don’t know why I think it’s going to be Schwartz.

      • TJECK109

        Yeah I’m sure you take your wife on a business interview so she could see family.

          • compassrose

            Maybe she had to hold his hand on the flight because Bill wasn’t there.

            No way is it possible they went and saw family too. Could have happened something like hey babe I got this interview want to go and spend a few days with family? Sure that should like fun. Yeah more that I think about it not possible.

              • joparx

                Baker Mayfield makes Mitch Trubisky look elite, if you think Baker is good I don’t believe you watch football

              • vtncsc

                lol, seriously. My wife goes with me on business trips as well. In the event it’s something she can go to, she goes to the spa or pool, or in this case, would see family that was close.

                People hating on JD simply bc he’s a Patriots coach.

  2. Michael Chaney

    McDaniels would mean the Browns are trying too hard to make a splash. Schwartz would mean they’re either trying to reinvent the wheel, or they’re settling for an option without a lot of upside. Stefanski is the best candidate to me.

  3. JJB0811

    I simply don’t trust the BB tree. Too many coaches have washed out. Texans usually get to the playoffs & Tenn is having a nice season, but that’s about it for Bill. Bill is the secret, not some formula.

    As for the other two, Jim S comes across as a pain in the butt w/ a locker room full of them. Kevin seems like the best. Although, I’d go w/ the KC OC. Reid’s tree is usually bountiful.

    • elscorcho the marlin
      elscorcho the marlin

      Miami wasn’t supposed to win 1 game. Think the coaching with Flores helped.

    • TheBlueMeanie

      Bill O’Brien and Mike Vrabel are doing well, but they seem to be the exceptions.

  4. Tazza

    If they still haven’t decided think they should also look at Meyer and Riley.

    Riley has worked with Baker and would know how to get the best out of him. Which is the key to unlocking that offence. He’s young and has a good record but has struggled in bowl finals.

    Meyer is born in Ohio, studied in Ohioans coaches for Ohio State. He knows Cleveland and would be perfect in building a culture. His coaching history is offensive minded so we might be able to get the best out of Baker and OBJ. And of all the coaches he’s got the best record 187-32 but all in college. He’s also 12-3 in bowl finals.

    If not I like Eric Bieniemy the Kansas OC and I like Kevin Stefanski too

    • ohiodevil

      Meyer and Riley would be great if the Browns planned to join the Big 10 next year.

    • kevin

      Meyer is not the coach for the Browns . Meyer doesn’t rebuild he really only pushes a team after they have talent then he bails when they get to the rebuilding well right before . look at his hc stints ull see. Meyer is a good coach just not a great one . he is better suited for Dallas as they already have a team stacked with tallent. (I know Dallas is filled) .

    • Tazza

      Maybe the Browns don’t need a rebuild.
      They have a young QB, two good RBs, 2 elite WRs and a good young TE. That O Line is a couple pieces away from being pretty darn good. Joel Bitonio is a 2 time pro bowl guard.

      Last season their defence was pretty good with the likes of Ward, Garrett, Richardson, Vernon and Schobert.

      You maybe add Trent Williams via trade at a cheap price to play LT and draft well you’ve got a good team. They were games games shy of the playoffs this year with Kitchens as their Coach I think you could turn that around and possibly be 10-6 next year

      • jkoms57

        Oliver Vernon played like 1 game and Trent Williams is basically retired because he cant pass a physical…

        Their defense was not decent. Nor was Baker Mayfield.

        They hold the 10th pick in the draft because they weren’t even close to making the playoffs.

        Reality hurts.

        • Appalachian_Outlaw

          Baker wasn’t helped by the play calling, either. He’s a good QB, but Drew Brees he is not. The offense should’ve gone predominantly through the run game, setting up Mayfield for some better passing situations.

          • jkoms57

            Maybe they could run the ball if they didn’t trade their elite guard Zeitler for a broken Vernon.

      • Tazza

        Just think what’ll happen with a good coach, Vernon coming back, Baker playing better hopefully. The fact they got the 10th pick is a good thing, if you can’t make the playoffs may aswell try get the best possible pick.
        Titans made the playoffs with 9 win browns had 6.
        They don’t need a rebuild they need a good coach. If that coach can fix that offence and get the best out of Baker then they will make the playoffs.

        And I’m a Texans fan

        • jkoms57

          Ya but just think how good the Steelers will be with Roethlisberger back, and the Bengals with Joe Burow and AJ Green back.

          Browns missed big time with Kitchens and it could’ve cost them their only window

          • Tazza

            Green will leave the Bengals so they will stink even with Burrow.
            Steelers will be better with Big Ben.
            But on the flip side what about the Pats without TB12.
            Titans will have to resign Tannehill and Henry to big deals.

            Browns could upgrade at coach, will have Vernon back, hopefully Baker gets back to playing well and we get the best out of OBJ.
            If they make a move for a LT to give Baker some kind O Line then I think they wouldn’t be far of the playoffs

            • jkoms57

              Brady will play at least one more year and has basically said as much.

              Sorry just not buying into the browns winning more than 8 games after how poor they played this past year.

              Not saying they might not be good, but acknowledging that they don’t have any significant advantage over any other team that could also take a step forward next season.

    • Michael Chaney

      Did you watch any of 2018? He had a rough year (which I attribute to Freddie and poor line play), but he’s literally a year removed from an incredible rookie season.

      • jkoms57

        Hey give the people credit who called him a Garbage Time QB during 2018.

        We called it, and you saw it in 2019 despite the addition of an elite WR.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    The candidates that miss out on a HC job with the Browns now are going to get another chance next year anyway.

  6. soccer11

    The focus has to be mayfield which means bring in an offensive guy. Schwartz doesn’t fit.

  7. With reports of Browns waiting til end of postseason to make a hire, I would say Stefansky better have his “A” game against the 49ers.

  8. Appalachian_Outlaw

    I don’t get the fascination with McDaniels. The guy went 11-17 in Denver, plus got popped for video taping a walkthrough. He completely flaked on the Colts. His resume has basically been built off of help from Tom Brady; which would make just about anyone look competent.

    • jkoms57

      Never know if he had inside information that Luck was going to retire..

      Seems to make sense

    • TheBlueMeanie

      Yep, and his first two moves in Denver was to trade Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall for essentially nothing.

  9. Appalachian_Outlaw

    I mean it’s plausible; but you’re talking 6 months out, so I don’t know if it’s especially likely.

    • jkoms57

      True. Just weird tho. HCs dont back out like that really ever.

      …Although would be fun to know who else has in history.

  10. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    It’s still unclear as to why Haslam is not in prison.

    It’s not the Curse of Art Modell, it’s the Karma of Jimmy Haslam.

    They deserve no better.

  11. TheBlueMeanie

    Those of you hating on Mayfield don’t seem to realize he has yet to have a decent head coach. He had the joke of Hue Jackson to the interim Gregg Williams to Freddie Kitchens. No QB can thrive under that kind of ‘leadership’.

  12. Dorothy_Mantooth

    Let’s face it, next year is do or die for Mayfield regardless of who his coach is. If he doesn’t take two HUGE steps forward next season, he is the next Mitch Trubisky. If I were Cleveland, I’d sign a very competent backup QB (like TEN did this year with Tannehill) and if Baker isn’t getting it done by week 6 or 7, make the change. It work wonders for TENN and Cleveland is too talented to allow poor QB play to be the reason they cannot make it to the playoffs. I’d like to see Baker turn it around, but there were a lot of red flags related to his play in 2019, a lot of which were simple QB mistakes and nothing to do with coaching. This is the most important year of Baker’s career coming up; let’s see if he has what it takes.

    • jkoms57

      Leaky o-line,
      terrible defense (ward and Garrett and Schobert are great in crucial positions.. yet defense still gives up huge plays every snap)
      West coast QB who forces passes (traits of a backup)
      WR who wants ball downfield but QB who has no accuracy past 15 yards.

      No troll. That’s my honest opinion of their issues.. I agree Baker is probably the main issue oddly enough. Only realistic fix is to again trade OBJ

  13. Dorothy_Mantooth

    Browns fans, would you rather have Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray as your starter?

    I’m leaning towards Murray given what he was able to do as a rookie with one of the worst offensive lines in all of football!

    I do want to see Baker succeed (I like him) but 2019 really exposed some flaws in his game.

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