Browns want to interview Josh McDaniels

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The Browns have shown Freddie Kitchens the door after one season as the team’s head coach and there’s word about one of the candidates they’d like to speak to about replacing him.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Browns have requested permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. That is a change from last year when the Browns did not speak to McDaniels, who reportedly had some interest in the job, before hiring Kitchens.

McDaniels is reportedly a fan of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who visited with the Patriots before being drafted first overall in 2018. Mayfield’s agent said there was talk of New England trading up to take his client if he didn’t go first overall and McDaniels’s fondness for the quarterback was believed to be a big factor in their interest.

Schefter adds that the Panthers are also expected to request permission to interview McDaniels. McDaniels can’t interview with any teams this week, but could interview next week whether the Patriots win or lose their Wild Card round game against the Titans.

McDaniels went 11-17 as the head coach of the Broncos before being fired 12 games into the 2010 season. He agreed to become the Colts head coach in 2018 before backing out of the deal after the Patriots played in Super Bowl LII.

57 responses to “Browns want to interview Josh McDaniels

  1. Look to his past and you can see your future.
    Ask Denver and Indy if this guy is a good choice.
    If you hire him, you’ll end up changing your name to the Cleveland Clowns.

  2. Not a prayer that the browns will land mcdaniels. No way he puts up with the headcases and dysfunction that runs rampant in that organization.

    Perhaps Kitchens has a younger brother. That’s the best that organization is going to do.

  3. Whoever the Browns choose, it’s guaranteed to be the wrong choice.
    This is the same staff that chose an inexperienced coach, and the same owner who listens to a street bum.

  4. jerruhjones says:

    December 30, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Has a Bellichek assistant ever had success as a head coach?
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    Umm… just yesterday Brian Flores beat him in Foxboro when the Pats desperately needed the Win. My guess is that Vraebel will beat him next week. The flaw in your theory is not understanding that new Head Coaches generally go to really bad teams. It takes a while to rebuild. Just sayin’

  5. I would bet that McDaniels won’t go 0 for 8 from the 2 yard line. He would bring a wealth of experience to the Browns, having worked with one of the best ever NFL head coaches.

  6. jerruhjones says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Has a Bellichek assistant ever had success as a head coach?

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    There’s this guy named nick Saban who’s ok

  7. He was fired in Denver due to his video guy taping another teams practices. Does that sound familiar, I mean, illegally video taping another team?

  8. johnnycantread says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:45 am
    If you hire him, you’ll end up changing your name to the Cleveland Clowns.

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    Right, as opposed to the slick successful franchise they’ve been for the past 25 years??

  9. leroyquimby says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:54 am
    Get ready for him to accept the job and back out once the other candidates have been hired
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    And after he gets them to trade OBJ to the Patriots for a seventh.

  10. jerruhjones says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Has a Bellichek assistant ever had success as a head coach?

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    Nick Saban

  11. I remember McDaniels taking victory laps in Mile High after beating the Patriots in a regular season game..The Browns need a more even keeled HC to offset emotionally immature Baker Mayfield.

  12. Better be ware! Bellichek and Brady have made him look good. He seems to be a great OC, but that doesn’t make him HC material.

  13. jerruhjones says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Has a Bellichek assistant ever had success as a head coach?

    Umm… 2 of them are in the playoffs right now. Houston (O Brian) and Tennesse (Vrabel).

  14. McDaniels doesn’t have the personality to plow through the other personalities that are already there. They need more of a disciplinarian who could confront a mercurial ego, of which they have too many. McDaniels would just be yet one more mercurial ego.

  15. Fired by the Broncos, pretty much fired by the Rams as their OC the following year, went crawling back to NE, turned down the Colts HC job. Doesn’t he have the ideal HC job waiting for him when Belichick retires? Belichick’s coaching tree is filled with bad coaches who fail away from NE.

  16. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:57 am
    So typical of the Browns…wait 3 or 4 weeks before you can interview him and watch all the quality HCs get snatched up. Then he’ll decline and the Browns will make another emergency hire.

    Zero in this story says that is what is happening. Zero. He is one on a list. Plus wouldn’t you think that rushing *into* a decision would be worse than waiting and making a better one? No evidence that hiring someone on Black Monday or shortly after leads to anyone’s success.

  17. Josh was proven right to turn down the Indy gig. Luck was a shell of himself and quit the game. Irsay and company lied to Josh, he smelled the stench coming from them and avoided that mess in Indy. Don’t blame him one bit.

  18. dartmouthstevens says:
    December 30, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Umm… 2 of them are in the playoffs right now. Houston (O Brian) and Tennesse (Vrabel)
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    Vrabel never coached in NE. He was a player there but never coached under Belichick. He actually comes from Bill O’ Brien’s coaching tree, started his NFL coaching in Houston.

    As for Belichick’s coaching tree…O’Brien is the ONLY successful NFL HC. Saban by far is the most successful from his coaching tree but that is in college, not the NFL.

    Bill O’ Brien: 52-44 (1-3 in playoffs)
    Eric Mangini: 33-47 (0-1 in playoffs)
    Jim Schwartz: 29-51 (0-1 in playoffs)
    Nick Saban: 15-17
    Josh McDaniels: 11-17
    Matt Patricia: 9-22-1
    Al Groh: 9-7
    Brian Flores: 5-11
    Romeo Crennel: 4-15

  19. tb12bestqbevah says:

    Right, as opposed to the slick successful franchise they’ve been for the past 25 years??

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    As bad as it is, it could get a lot worse.
    Like in Denver, McD will trade away players to put his own stamp on the team.
    Trouble is he tends to be attracted by shiny, hyped up players.
    Cleveland has already been down that road with Johnny Football.
    One thing to be a clown organization, but don’t be a double down clown by hiring him.

  20. McD waiting until Belichick retires or moves on.
    Will laugh if after all this time, the Pats had the keys to Belichick’s son.

  21. Josh signed a 5 year contract with NE in 2018 making him one of the highest paid OC’s in the league. I don’t know the details but can he just walk away like that? Curious as to the language in that contract.

  22. As I Lions fan, I urge caution when hiring Patriots assistants. History has clearly shown us that there is one genius in Foxborough ‎– hint: he usually wears a hoodie.

  23. Teams have every right to be weary of him because of his past, but you never know, he could end up being a great HC his 2nd time around, much like BB.

    The difference is BB left Cleveland to go to NE and Daniels would be leaving NE to go to Cleveland.

  24. johnnycantread says:
    December 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

    If you hire him, you’ll end up changing your name to the Cleveland Clowns.
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    If they haven’t changed their name to the Clowns yet they aren’t gonna. Can’t get more clownish than what they’ve done so far in the last 2 decades.

  25. Funny how Bellicheck’s coaching tree hasn’t produced any good head coach candidates,that tells you who really runs all aspects of patriot football

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