Would Browns, Baker Mayfield entice Josh McDaniels?

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With one coach out and another coach eventually in, plenty of rumors will swirl regarding the person who will eventually get the Browns job. Given the presence of quarterback Baker Mayfield, a nucleus of other great young players, extra draft picks for 2019, and lots of cap space to sign veterans, coaches will be lining up for a chance to take the job.

Which will allow G.M. John Dorsey to be very selective when selecting the next coach.

It will be a delicate proposition for Dorsey, who could hire his way into less relevance by pursuing an A-list, type-A candidate who wants to do more than just coach. That could cause Dorsey to target an up-and-coming candidate, like Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who has drawn plenty of praise for his aggressive approach to the Andy Reid offense.

But there could be an opportunity to get an established name, like Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Sure, he jilted the Colts last year, but (as Peter King noted on Tuesday’s PFT Live), McDaniels made a late pre-draft visit with Mayfield, and the Patriots were ready to trade up (within reason) to get him.

McDaniels, who apparently decided in February to stay with the Patriots until Bill Belichick retires, possibly could be lured back to his home state of Ohio by the presence of a 15-year quarterback and a blank-slate legacy that includes an empty trophy case. If Dorsey is interested and McDaniels isn’t, it’s possible that McDaniels will indeed never leave New England.

However it plays out, there will be plenty of coaches plotting a path to Ohio, and the challenge will be to pick the right one.

50 responses to “Would Browns, Baker Mayfield entice Josh McDaniels?

  1. Umm, no. McDaniels is the highest paid OC in the league and he can’t be this stupid to walk into a Haslem owned situation.

    The fact he was going to the Colts is already disturbing enough.

    Plus, a GM would be crucial to that hire. If McDaniels was crazy, sure. But, getting cold feet.

  2. Depends on how much they pay him.
    What if … Tom Brady retires after 2019 (after next year).
    If the Patriots don’t get a good QB to replace him, and Belichick (who is near 70) retires, how long will the Patriots remain strong?

    The Browns have some good players and with a good draft and good coaches could be a contender for the division.

  3. Ugh. Stop with mcdaniels. Another over hyped ego maniac who had a shot, blew it, schemed for another- got it, wieseled out. Dude actually belongs as a big time college coach where he can mislead kids.

  4. After the Colts fiasco,any team with a head coaching vacancy would be foolish to call McDaniels

  5. After Denver and Indy Josh knows he has one chance to prove himself at HC. Cleveland is the LAST place on earth to expect to do that. I don’t see him being that stupid.

    If the PATS win this year I could see BB moving to back office and letting someone else take the reins… guess who that could be?

  6. Between knowing former Belichick guys are usually nothing without him, his drafting of Tebow in the first for the Broncos, and how he duped the Colts in the offseason, how is there any allure left with this guy?

  7. Oh for sure he would say yes, but then again maybe he will change his mind. Don’t forget he is a charter member of the most distrusted organization in football!!

  8. McDaniels is an excellent OC. If he thinks thinks Mayfield has talent to be a franchise qb in this league, I don’t know why he wouldn’t be interested in this job. No where to go but up, and if you win, you’re going to be remembered forever. If he takes over the Pats eventually, Brady will likely be gone and they aren’t likely to have a franchise qb. I think he’d be crazy to not go for it.

  9. Baker Mayfield is still too young to judge, but he’s not winning games. He likes to talk and throw coaches under the bus. Is he even the kind of QB a coach would want to build around? Does the fact that the Browns drafted him #1 mean that he’s actually going to be a great QB? I think we’re kind of assuming some of these things. Like I said, he’s still very young and should get better. “Should get better” is the scary part.

  10. I don’t want McDaniels anywhere near my Cleveland Browns. After the way he did the Colts he’s an a-hole. He just needs to stay put until BB calls it a day in New England. I don’t trust him.

  11. Bill Bixby says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:20 pm
    McDaniels is an excellent OC. If he thinks thinks Mayfield has talent to be a franchise qb in this league, I don’t know why he wouldn’t be interested in this job. No where to go but up, and if you win, you’re going to be remembered forever. If he takes over the Pats eventually, Brady will likely be gone and they aren’t likely to have a franchise qb. I think he’d be crazy to not go for it.

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    add to that the fact that ‘replacing’ Belichick is an exercise in futility. I’m a Pats fan, but I realize those are enormous shoes to fill.

  12. If he welshed on Indy who has a much better QB Andrew Luck, why would he choose Cleveland? A team who has an undersized QB in Baker Mayfield, who has to play Nov, Dec outdoor games in frigid Cleveland and AFC North cities. It doesen’t make much sense!

  13. He is the heir-apparent in NE. He is not going anywhere.

    Think about it. Would you rather be in Cleveland this year or wait and take over in Foxboro next year? Personally, I would wait and so will Josh.

  14. I. Hope. Not. I do not want another Patriots cast off, and I do not want him in ANY case. My hope is Matt P does well – seems like he will. But the rest of that “tree?” Nuh uh.

  15. I think he burned a lot of bridges with how he handled the Colts situation. The fact his agent quit at the end of that deal says a whole lot about how bad it really was behind the scenes. There may be jobs that entice him but he’d have to do some major groveling to get any team to be enticed by him.

  16. terripet says:
    October 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm
    Nobody wants a liar. This guys only hope is the cheaters

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    What does it say that he rejected the offer from the Colts? I think it went something like this:

    BB: “So Josh, great job convincing the Colts to offer you the head coaching job. Did they get you to sign any paperwork”?

    Josh: “Heck no Bill…..no chance I would actual sign anything obligating myself to such a woeful franchise”

    BB:”(pops a beer) Good…..good. I can’t believe they were foolish enough to make a public announcement naming you as their coach”

    Josh:”(laughing) I told you they were that gullible. You owe me $5 Bill!”

    Tom: “Hey guys I feel bad for Andrew in all this he seems like decent guy”.

    BB: “that may be but he was the moron who signed a new contract with the Colts rather than hitting free agency”.

    Josh: “When do you want me to announce I am staying with the Patriots”?

    BB: “Let’s let them stew a day or so….drunken Jim Irsay will inevitably come out and dig the hole deeper”.

    All: “(Laughing…..more laughing…..and more laughing”)

  17. Yeah b/c the Browns scream stable organization. First mistake ownership made was hiring Hue Jackson as the HC the second was waiting till midseason to fire him. This should have been done last January.

  18. Not sure why anyone would want him. He’s a decent OC with Brady at QB, but has showed that he can’t handle a HC job. Can’t handle the players and has zero credibility.

  19. The better question is what team would be interested in McDaniels since he would accept the job only to back out of it before the season starts. McDaniels is tied to Belichick with an umbilical cord.

    Let’s not forget, McDaniels possibly had a 15-year QB in Cutler when he was coach of the Broncos but still wanted to trade for ex-Patriot Matt Cassell. He then got rid of Cutler and then alienated Brandon Marshall and traded him. What would McDaniels do as coach of Cleveland, trade away Mayfield and Denzel Ward? He was an utter failure in Denver then pulled his little stunt with the Colts. No team in their right mind should consider offering that chump a job.

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    October 30, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Umm, no. McDaniels is the highest paid OC in the league and he can’t be this stupid to walk into a Haslem owned situation.
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    Amen. Haslam is easily the worst owner in the league. He has yet to prove that he can have patience with anyone. I love what Dorsey has done – now please talk Jimmy into keep the next HC for more than 2 years. Part of me knows that Hugh had to go, but it’s still just more of the same instability that undermines the organization.

  21. They fire one Hue Jackson to hire another? McDaniels is solidly in the the “good coordinator, bad coach” camp. And, unlike Hue Jackson, McDaniels is no sure guarantee anyway for even taking a job he was hired for.

  22. Pete Carmichael from New Orleans, perfect for team and Baker. In this league you have to score and score often. His experience with Brees would be key to Mayfield’s development and long term.

  23. I don’t see it happening for a few reasons:

    1) Josh’s best friend from college Nick Caserio is our pro player personnel guy (scott pioli’s role). He just signed an extension last year to keep him in Foxborough. Houston tried to interview him for their GM job and he turned that down. Sashi brown isn’t going anywhere in Cleveland for the time being. Nick and Josh are a package deal which is also why Josh turned down San Francisco’s interview.
    2) Haslem is probably just as inept as Jim Irsay, even if Cleveland is his home town team.
    3) Should we win it all this year, I could see Bill retiring, Josh take’s over, and Nick is the GM with Belichick as a front office guy.

  24. Why would anybody hire that midget after the fiasco in Denver. He should have a clause in his contract that he can’t dress up like Bill anymore.

  25. Recall that BB is supposedly teaching McDaniels his “secrets” per reports, so he is probably taking over for BB next season, or 2020 at the latest.

  26. a blank-slate legacy that includes an empty trophy case.

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    Yeah ummmm….. 8 Championships hardly qualifies as “empty.”

  27. navyvandal says:
    October 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm
    I don’t see it happening for a few reasons:

    1) Josh’s best friend from college Nick Caserio is our pro player personnel guy (scott pioli’s role). He just signed an extension last year to keep him in Foxborough. Houston tried to interview him for their GM job and he turned that down. Sashi brown isn’t going anywhere in Cleveland for the time being.

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    Except that Sashi Brown was fired last of season and has already “went somewhere.” John Dorsey is the Browns GM, the same John Dorsey that built the current Chiefs roster. He also has Eliot Wolf from Green Bay working under him and Scott McGloughlin(the guy who built the Legion of Boom, found Russell Wilson ect) working as an advisor.

    In other words guys who have built Championship rosters…. Yeah, I am sure having a great Front Office holds no appeal for Josh McDaniels.

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