The Cleveland Browns are searching for an offensive coordinator and are currently looking at recently former NFL head coaches and have experience as a play caller.
The rumor on Monday was that they have now former Titans head coach Mike Mularkey on their radar.
On Tuesday, the team interviewed former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo for the vacant offensive coordinator position. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com was the first to report the news.
McAdoo spent almost two seasons as the Giants head coach before they fired him in December. His experience as a play caller dates back to his two seasons under Tom Coughlin as the Giants offensive coordinator during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
In the 2014 season, the Giants ranked 10th in offensive yardage and 13th in points per game. The 2015 season seen even better success with 8th in offensive yardage and 6th in points per game while also leading the NFL in touchdown passes with 36.
Before joining the Giants, McAdoo spent eight seasons in the Green Bay Packers organization as a tight ends coach from 2006 to 2011 and then as quarterbacks coach from 2012 to 2013. Some have said this interview is because of the connection between McAdoo and general manager John Dorsey as the two were in Green Bay during the same time span.
McAdoo also interviewed for the Browns head coaching position in 2014 before Cleveland eventually hired Mike Pettine for the job.
While McAdoo has been praised for his work with the passing attack, which to be fair he had Eli Manning and Odell Beckham to work with during his time with the Giants. his play calling with running the ball hasn’t looked good as both an offensive coordinator or head coach in New York.
His rushing offense ranked no higher than 18th in terms of yards which was in the 2015 season and rushing touchdowns ranked 28th or worse in three of his four seasons with the Giants.
It sounds vaguely familiar to what Hue Jackson has done during his two seasons as the Browns head coach. To be fair though, McAdoo had Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins as his primary running backs during those years.
McAdoo also runs the West Coast Offense which is more about the passing game than the running game.
I can’t help but notice that the Browns are looking at Mularkey and McAdoo who are both former head coaches and have the experience at the role which other than Gregg Williams, no one else has that track record on the Browns coaching staff.
We all can see that with a 1-31 record, Hue Jackson will be on a short leash at the beginning of the 2018 season. If the team starts out slow once again and doesn’t win games early on, Jimmy Haslam will have to make the decision to fire Jackson and potentially make Mularkey or McAdoo the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
It’s a good decision though that they’re looking at experienced, successful offensive coordinators like Mularkey and McAdoo that could come in and hopefully install their offense with some of the young pieces on the Browns offense like David Njoku, Duke Johnson, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.
Still have to find the quarterback position though and the Browns can do that in either free agency or the top of the draft where they hold the first and fourth overall picks.