A familar name continues to pop up in regards to the opening at the head coaching position of the Cleveland Browns: New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
MMQB’s Albert Breer has mentioned him numerous times in his weekly spot with “Bull and Fox” on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland since the Browns fired Hue Jackson in October.
During the weekend, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also have linked the 42-year-old as a potential candidate to his home area team.
McDaniels was born in Barberton, Ohio and was raised in Canton where he attended and played quarterback at Canton McKinley High School. He was recruited to attend John Carroll University where he transitioned to wide receiver during his four years there.
He’s been a head coach in the NFL, spending nearly two seasons with the Denver Broncos during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. A record of 11-17 and controversy surrounding him with the trades of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall to drafting Tim Tebow in the first round led to his demise.
When you’re looking at the definition of “young, offensive mind”, a picture of McDaniels should probably be next to it. Before there was a Sean McVay or a Matt Nagy, Josh McDaniels was the offensive play caller NFL teams wanted to have.
He’s been running the Patriots offense since the 2005 season until his departure after the 2008 season and then returning to the position in 2012. Sure the success lies on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady but McDaniels has played a huge role as well.
Ten of his 13 seasons as either a head coach or offensive coordinator have finished in the top ten in points scored with four of those seasons finishing as the top scoring offense in the National Football League.
McDaniels has interviewed for the Browns head coaching job before. In 2014, he interviewed for the position and probably would’ve been the hire but a Browns executive reportedly got in owner Jimmy Haslam’s ear and kept McDaniels waiting who then pulled his name from the search.
There’s also the events that happened last year between McDaniels and the Indianapolis Colts that leave many fans wanting Cleveland to stay away from him.
He accepted the Colts position only to turn around and back out at the last second to return to New England. This led to McDaniels’ former agent Bob LaMonte, who currently represents general manager John Dorsey to cut ties with McDaniels.
Many have questioned if Dorsey will even want to interview McDaniels because of that situation. It would be hard for any team to trust a man after he did that to another NFL franchise but he’s still being linked to head coaching jobs and will reportedly be sought after by the Packers as well.
McDaniels is a brillant offensive mind and reportedly loved quarterback Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process so there’s already a connection there.
Not saying it will happen but the McDaniels option would be something to watch during this search if you’re a Browns fan.