In the aftermath of Black Monday in the NFL, there are multiple head coaching vacancies that need to be filled. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will reportedly interview with the Cleveland Browns Saturday for the head coach position. McDaniels has been rumored to be a "favored choice" of the Browns management out of all the other candidates.
It's not surprising that McDaniels is being targeted for a head coaching gig. He was head coach of the Denver Broncos for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, finishing with an 11-17 record (he was fired four games before the end of the season). From there McDaniels moved on as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams before returning to New England in the 2011-12 season.
With the Houston Texans hiring former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien last week and Lovie Smith taking the vacancy in Tampa Bay, there are only a few "flashy" head coach signings left. Although McDaniels record doesn't necessarily make him seem like a great coaching hire, coaching in the NFL is all about second chances. McDaniels fits the classic sequence of coaching jobs in the league. You get a good reputation as a skilled offensive/defensive coordinator, a team hires you to be their head coach and don't excel, then you get fired and go back to being a coordinator and bide your time until the next opportunity arises.
One last thing to note about McDaniels, it's unclear if any other teams are showing significant interest in him. The Browns are the only team to be reported, but there could be other teams in the background. However, due to the Patriots playoff situation, the Browns would be the only team to interview McDaniels this weekend, all other teams would have to wait until the Patriots are out of the playoffs.
Via CSNNE and Pro Football Talk
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