The Cleveland Browns are certainly taking their time to find their next head coach. Perhaps it’s because they’re waiting for their guy. Or maybe it’s because they just have no idea who “their guy” really is.
Regardless of the reason, ESPN‘s Adam Schefter suggests to “expect the unexpected“, as Cleveland considers names like Greg Schiano, Mike Pettine and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Rob Quinn.
Josh McDaniels, who had previously been taken out of the running by himself, can also be added back into the mix.
ESPN Cleveland‘s Tony Grossi confirmed that McDaniels and the Cleveland brass “had more conversations” this week and could be “back in the mix” for the Browns head coaching position.
McDaniels, the current offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, had previously bowed out after reportedly not being Cleveland’s preferred top option. With the Patriots in last week’s AFC title game, it also appeared McDaniels didn’t desire to be a distraction to a New England team trying to reach the Super Bowl. With the Patriots’ season over, however, McDaniels could be turning his sights back to landing his second head coaching gig.
McDaniels previously spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos, but was fired with three games remaining in his second season.
Going to Cleveland would mean for a fresh start for McDaniels, while Cleveland GM Michael Lombardi reportedly is high on McDaniels and could see eye to eye on him with several things (including potentially drafting Johnny Manziel).
Whether or not the Browns and McDaniels end up being a match remains to be determined, but it’s beyond clear at this point that the Browns aren’t a team that can be easily predicted when it comes to their front office moves.
After all, this is a franchise that fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season, let offensive coordinator Norv Turner walk to Minnesota, and traded away would-be franchise running back Trent Richardson for a first round pick.
While there is a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the Browns these days, Cleveland fans at least have a sliver of hope that everything that has already happened is only leading to bigger and better things. The likes of McDaniels and Manziel are controversial to say the least, but both offer something a lot of safer choices don’t – upside.
With everything that has happened, though, the Browns will still walk into the 2014 NFL Draft with two first round draft picks and a chance to upgrade on an already underrated roster. Now they just need to find the right coach to help put all the pieces together.