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Report: Browns, McDaniels talking


The exodus of coaches from New England could continue, with a guy who has said he’ll “definitely” be back possibly still leaving.

Tony Grossi of reports that the Browns and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels have had “more conversations” this week, and that McDaniels is “possibly back in the mix” for the job.

As we pointed out last week, at least one league insider believes McDaniels could still be in play, even though he removed his name from consideration after interviewing for the job.

Nothing stops the Browns from continuing to pursue McDaniels.  With the Patriots’ season over, the Browns can offer him the job, if they want.

It’s possible that McDaniels’ name has re-emerged as the Browns try to finalize a deal with Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, whose agent, Trace Armstrong of CAA, could be driving a harder-than-expected bargain.  The Browns may need leverage, and reports of discussions with McDaniels and an interview with Greg Schiano could be aimed at driving down the price of a guy who otherwise has the Browns where he wants them — even if no one else had interviewed him for a head-coaching job in the current hiring cycle.

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42 Responses to “Report: Browns, McDaniels talking”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 22, 2014 11:31 PM

    Well maybe this is Lombardi’s breakout year. He has a ton of cap money to work with and a bunch of nice draft picks. He’s playing darts and standing 2 feet from the board. He’s going to give whoever the new HC is a really nice set to work with. This is a job loaded with ringers ready to aid whoever takes the helm. They just need somebody to be aggressive and seize the opportunity. This should be their division next year.

  2. tonyugoh says: Jan 22, 2014 11:32 PM

    Poor Browns fans, they don’t deserve this

  3. clownsfan says: Jan 22, 2014 11:41 PM

    You know it sux when you consider this good news.

  4. kosarsmyidol says: Jan 22, 2014 11:45 PM

    I’d rather have them interview Greg Roman, and I like Pettine and Quinn better than McDaniels. Oy.

  5. unbridledsexy says: Jan 22, 2014 11:46 PM

    I hope the Browns find the man who can turn the bus around. I’m not a Clevland fan, but he’ll, their fans have been through enough and deserve a good long run of competitive football. It can happen. Hopefully soon.

  6. remok9 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:53 PM

    Man I was going to joke about Cleveland, but holy smokes what a mess. I really do feel sorry for their fan base.

  7. jshawaii22 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:53 PM

    Just forget about Dan Quinn, too… he’s not available right now.


  8. tolan04 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:54 PM

    Breaking news browns will continue search for another 2 weeks and will conclude after the Super Bowl.

  9. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 22, 2014 11:55 PM

    It’s a real who’s who of coaching candidates…

  10. isphet71 says: Jan 22, 2014 11:55 PM


  11. krisko says: Jan 23, 2014 12:02 AM

    tebow, tebow, tebow…

  12. bears4me says: Jan 23, 2014 12:06 AM

    the factory of sadness saga continues..

  13. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 23, 2014 12:18 AM

    Just make the pain go away.

  14. coltzfan166 says: Jan 23, 2014 12:32 AM

    Of course they are.

  15. pongonfl says: Jan 23, 2014 12:50 AM

    Is Cassel available? Tebow is…

  16. mrplow3 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:07 AM

    Mcdaniel’s back in?

    Tebow time baby!

  17. sean222 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:26 AM

    Bottom line, once McDaniels said no, he won’t be bringing his all to the position if he know says “well, maybe.” He is not excited for the opportunity. This team has 6 pro bowl players. The Giants have ZERO. There is potential here. Hire Pettine. He is a better fit to play in this division.

  18. sndmn331 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:35 AM

    Josh McDaniels? Greg Schiano? I think this proves that the Browns have no idea what they are doing.

  19. boomgrounder says: Jan 23, 2014 1:43 AM

    Report: Elvis has been interviewed for the vacant Cleveland Browns coaching job.

  20. hockeyfan28 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:45 AM

    Cleveland was 4-12 and one of the teams they beat was the Bills….so the favorite to win the job is the Bills Defensive Coordinator who is being put on hold while they try to interview people who want nothing to do with them….I don’t think Hollywood could even write this comedy gold

  21. norvisalittlerat says: Jan 23, 2014 1:47 AM

    Looks like Tebow found a job

  22. lks311 says: Jan 23, 2014 1:59 AM

    Course he’s back in play. Dude has complete leverage now. Cleveland, please don’t let him do to you what he did to the Broncos.

    He’ll be meddling in the personnel matters, for sure.

  23. magicmtndan says: Jan 23, 2014 2:11 AM

    How could any head coach going to work for the Browns feel good about working his plan for the team and job security when the team fired Chudzinski after his first season?

    The team’s lost all credibility in one crazy season with a new owner (whose company is being investigated for fraud) who fired its new coach.

    Hard to believe this team was better off with Mike Holmgren as its president.

  24. seatownballers says: Jan 23, 2014 2:16 AM

    He gives them they best shot. The pool is low people.
    Take a qb and a receiver in the first. Then The best running backs with all those picks.

    When was the last time the browns had a defense and an offense? Roll the dice

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 23, 2014 2:17 AM

    On the one hand McDaniels showed real brilliance repeatedly recreating the Pats offense in different modes this year.

    On the other there were some games his play calling was just awful and that won’t be missed if he goes to Cleveland.

  26. sandypar77 says: Jan 23, 2014 3:24 AM

    What a mess, is Pettine just a pawn in their game?

  27. johninthewest says: Jan 23, 2014 3:28 AM

    Get ready for another losing season if they pick up McDaniels Brown’s fans…

  28. jrs45 says: Jan 23, 2014 5:19 AM

    This is ridiculous

  29. hippieway says: Jan 23, 2014 6:51 AM

    It’s always been McDaniels,, Cleveland will have itself a solid four sided wheel. Roll on Cleveland.

  30. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 23, 2014 7:07 AM

    Maybe it’s time to consider “unfiring” Chud.

  31. donmcg2012 says: Jan 23, 2014 7:26 AM

    Thus far none of these candidates is an upgrade from Chudzinski. Total disarray.

  32. thefiesty1 says: Jan 23, 2014 7:45 AM

    Does anybody really want that job? I didn’t think so.

  33. unclebluck says: Jan 23, 2014 8:06 AM

    I would really like to see Pettine back with my Bills as he has done a pretty good job his first year here. Having said that I feel badly for the Brownies. Not sure which team has the worst front office in the NFL but its one of the two……

  34. bigjim50010 says: Jan 23, 2014 8:14 AM

    I do not see where any of these are an upgrade over the man they fired

  35. ayoungandres says: Jan 23, 2014 9:01 AM

    Good riddance. Get him out if here before he signs another Ram or gives Tebow his 14th chance.

  36. jaggedmark says: Jan 23, 2014 9:27 AM

    If I were Pettine, interviews of Schiano & McDaniels might drive my price UP not down.

  37. negativten says: Jan 23, 2014 9:48 AM

    Perfect fit for Rob Ryan.
    The coach nobody wants going to the team nobody wants to coach.

  38. negativten says: Jan 23, 2014 9:49 AM

    Perfect fit for Rob Ryan.
    The coach nobody wants going to the team nobody wants to coach

  39. dprouse says: Jan 23, 2014 9:56 AM

    I have never figured out why Brian Billick hasn’t been recycled by someone. Smart guy who had a ton of success in Baltimore, and his “coaching tree” is looking increasingly impressive. Why someone would hire Mike Pettine, and not even give a guy like Billick a call, seems odd to me…

  40. bronco1st says: Jan 23, 2014 11:10 AM

    McDestroyer will promptly run off any talent the Browns currently have…then burn the draft picks.

  41. bfmotyk says: Jan 23, 2014 1:09 PM

    His offense in Denver was horrible. How many times can you run the same bubble screen pass in one game? This is a perfect example of coaches continually “failing up” in the NFL.

  42. axespray says: Jan 23, 2014 3:58 PM

    Michael Lombardi trying to get Bill’s joo-joo by hiring his coordinators …

    cause that worked out so well for the chiefs and Pioli.

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