It's a Monday after a Browns victory and we have a few days of idle thinking before talk of Buffalo heats up. I want to avoid talk of playoff odds and the draft. Instead, this unlikely scenario is in my mind: Josh McDaniels is a dead man walking in Denver, and justifiably so; which leads me to wonder what will become of him next season and if the Browns might be a mutually good fit...
I know most dislike the guy here on DBN, and he has been a failure when dealing with his elite players. He will forever be known as the guy who traded Peyton Hillis for a stud-muffin QB who couldn't even beat out Derek Anderson for the starting job during training camp. (Then again, Anderson did beat out Leinert in Arizona...). And drafting Tebow in the 1st round was awful. The list goes on and on.
But, setting aside the personnel decisions, the guy clearly knows how to run an offense and coach QBs. One or two seasons with Colt McCoy, and McDaniels could set up the Browns for many years of offensive success. (Plus, it would be an awesome way to stick it to Belichick).
What's in it for McDaniels? He can push reset on his coaching career and join an organization where he can have an inside look at how personnel decisions are handled (sitting in on any meetings with Holmgren and Heckert would be invaluable); he can learn how a head coach who was kicked to the curb by most in the league (and media) resurrected his career; he can see how Mangini learned to adjust his leadership style; and he can be in a position to return to a head coaching job in 3-4 years.
Folks forget how Rob Ryan has resurrected his coaching career in Cleveland, too. Some give him the benefit of the doubt for the failings in Oakland, but many put the blame for the poor defense at Rob's feet. Now, Rob is considered a head coaching candidate in some places.
Just idle speculation...
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