Nyet, says McDaniels
So Josh McDaniels is no longer a candidate to replace Rob Chudzinski as coach of the Browns.
According to reports, Bill Belichick’s top assistant with the New England Patriots has removed his name from any consideration.
Smart man? Or one who believes his next job should be with an organization that has generous amounts of stability. An organization that is not dysfunctional. An organization headed in the right direction.
By snubbing his nose at the Browns, McDaniels basically has indicated he is willing to bide his time and wait until the right organization comes along so he can redeem himself from his Denver disaster. Smart man.
The Canton native obviously looked at the Cleveland roster. Then looked at the front-office structure. And then determined this wasn’t going to work.
Maybe, as some seem to be suggesting, Belichick talked McDaniels out of any notion to move back to northeast Ohio. Then again, maybe he didn’t have to. One interview told McDaniels all he needed to know about the Browns.
When coaches are interviewed for jobs, the smart ones conduct their own interview at the same time. If you’re going to commit yourself to a new employer, you might as well find out as much as you can about him.
In his first head-coaching stint in Denver, McDaniels ran the whole football operation. With the Browns, that was never going to happen as long as Joe Banner and Mike (The Ghost ) Lombardi drew paychecks.
Whoever gets the Cleveland job will never have anything resembling autonomy. McDaniels obviously saw that. The only puzzler is why it took him so long to realize that and withdraw his name from consideration.
Would he have been a good fit with the Browns? That’s a moot point now. The only thing we know for certain is his snub has sent a signal around the football world to beware of what you’re being sold in Cleveland.
When all the dust clears from the search and the new coach is introduced, we will be told McDaniels wasn’t their first choice when it certainly appears as though he was. That’s called damage control.
The Ghost, in particular, would love to have latched on to a Belichick protégé, especially one so young and dynamic. He must be terribly disappointed McDaniels opted not to fulfill his so-called boyhood dream of coaching the Browns.
So now the search for Chudzinski’s successor plods on.
One down. Who’s next?