Browns interviewing Brian Daboll Monday

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Word late last week was that the Browns would interview Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for their head coaching vacancy on Sunday, but Saturday’s results caused a change in plans.

The Bills lost to the Texans, which meant Daboll spent Sunday wrapping up the season in Buffalo instead of speaking to the Browns. According to multiple reports, he’ll now speak to the team in Cleveland on Monday.

Two other offensive coordinators who were working on Wild Card weekend are also expected to speak with the team. Josh McDaniels’ schedule is open after the Patriots failed to advance while Kevin Stefanski will have to be interviewed in Minnesota as the Vikings are preparing to face the 49ers.

Daboll will be the fifth person to interview with the Browns since they fired Freddie Kitchens. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh are the others.

29 responses to “Browns interviewing Brian Daboll Monday

  1. Can’t believe they would be dumb enough to hire another coach without head coach experience, but then again they are the Browns…

  2. That isn’t the issue. The issue was they hired a position coach to be the Head Coach.

    Lockport Lax says:
    January 6, 2020 at 8:25 am
    Can’t believe they would be dumb enough to hire another coach without head coach experience, but then again they are the Browns…

  3. Freddie Kitchens ineptness on game day demonstrated how important it is to have head coaching experience in terms of in-game decision making, adjustments, clock management and overall big picture / long term strategy instead, of thinking in terms of moment to moment tactics.

  4. Why bring in Daboll or other unlikelies?
    * Maintain relationship with his agent, who they need for other coaches or players
    * Might have ideas they never thought about
    * Give perspective on winning organizations and,in Daboll’s case, what was lacking in Cleveland when he was OC
    * Paths may cross again as candidate for position coach,OC or HC years from now

  5. The Browns said they were going to interview 7-10 coaches… It’s leaning towards ten after today..

  6. When I think of great head coaches I think of good not great coordinators from Buffalo. Worked great when the Browns hired Pettine.

  7. I don’t think that’s a photo of Daboll, btw.

    As for the decision to interview him, I sure hope this is just perfunctory. Daboll was with the Browns in 2009-10 as Mangini’s OC. His offense in those years was very run heavy – too much so, to the point of predictability. There were also a lot of different trick plays and exotic formations that too often got blown up by the other team.

    I see a lot of the same stuff with Daboll’s Buffalo offense.
    They run the ball well, but tend to try too hard to outsmart the other team, leading to unforced errors. And when the situation seems to call for something obvious (playaction in goal-to-go, for example) Daboll has a history of stubbornness. We saw it in Houston on Saturday.

    Daboll was also very very hard on Browns’ QBs, riding McCoy so hard it did more harm than good, resulting in him playing scared. Baker needs a firm hand to be sure, but Daboll is hardly the only guy that can provide that.

    Daboll Positives: high energy, smart, knows how to design a run game, still young enough to evolve. Creative. Under the right HC he could still be a very good OC. As a RB or OL coach – or even a “running game coordinator” type role – Daboll will probably find his true calling.

  8. Considering how often Daboll went one-dimensional on offense and call either 10+ running plays or 10+ passing plays in a row for no real reason, I (as a Bills fan) won’t be sad if the Browns want to lure him away from the Bills. I’ve seen small children call up better game plans on Madden.

  9. wryly1 says:
    January 6, 2020 at 9:09 am
    Freddie Kitchens ineptness on game day demonstrated how important it is to have head coaching experience in terms of in-game decision making, adjustments, clock management and overall big picture / long term strategy instead, of thinking in terms of moment to moment tactics.
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    Watching Vrabel work the clock on the punt at the end of the game had me asking myself, “What would Freddie do?” It’s cases like that that show the importance of a good HC. We don’t need a coach pulling double duty again.

  10. As a Bills fan all I can say is…..Please take him Cleveland!!Terrible play caller abandons the run when you put up 98 yds rushing in the first half only to lop it all on the shoulders of your young QB. Too many gimmick plays as well. Please take him Cleveland!!

  11. Bills fans are offering to provide references for how great a coach he is and how badly they hope someone will give him a chance as a HC. Whatever it takes to get him out of Buffalo.

  12. Daboll receives far to much credit for developing Allen. In truth, Allen’s best plays are the result of his athletic gifts & instincts- nothing designed. As an OC, he is slow to adjust game plans based on what is transpiring. Hence his press box perch. I’d also question his use of personnel. Gore vs Singletary, taking so long to get Duke Williams in games this year, etc.
    As a Bill’s fan, I’d say please hire him. As a Brown’s fan, you have troubles enough with your owner – pass!

  13. Why would we want the coordinator of a decent-at-best offense to be our head coach? Then again we are the Browns…

  14. Asterisk Dynasty says:
    January 6, 2020 at 9:35 am

    When I think of great head coaches I think of good not great coordinators from Buffalo. Worked great when the Browns hired Pettine.

    Pettine actually was pretty good as the Browns’ coach. He started them 7-4 in his first season (which is incredible for the Browns) only to have Johnny Football forced on him by Haslam for the last three losses of the season. The following year he was also forced to start him for 6 games and when Haslam realized how stupid that was they were already 2-4 with no real second option at qb. If Manziel hadn’t been forced on Pettine then he would probably still be the coach today

  15. Mike Pettine was doomed the moment Alex Mack went down. Hoyer ran for his life until the call from the GM box to play Johnny football.

  16. Rivera and McCarthy, top two candidates gone…

    This is shaping up to look like the search that led to Mike Pettine, when all the good candidates avoided Cleveland like the plague

  17. -I’d also question his use of personnel. Gore vs Singletary, taking so long to get Duke Williams in games this year, etc.-

    I would question if he’s indeed the one making those calls. I think Daboll gets blamed for a lot of shortcomings that aren’t necessarily on him. I don’t think he’s without fault or the next big thing reinventing the offensive game as we know it, but I don’t think he’s the hack many Bills fans make him out to be, and a lot of the things people blame on Daboll are actually decisions being made by others.

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