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Franchise should be looking for a person with experience and success

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Now that the Freddie Kitchens experience is over and the movie will soon debut at RedBox, the Browns will need to get serious about finding his replacement.

Below is a comprehensive list of names that have been linked to the Browns’ coaching search. Omitted from this list are names once rumored to become a possibility: Ron Rivera and Matt Rhule. Rivera has already interviewed with the Washington Redskins and will be their next head guy. Rhule announced he was staying at Baylor.


Mike McDaniel

  • Current job: Run game coordinator San Francisco 49ers
  • Age: 36
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: No
  • Years coaching: 14
  • Super Bowl Champion: No
  • Coaching tree of: Gary Kubiak
  • Already requested interview: Yes

Technically, McDaniel has never been a coordinator although his current position states he is a coordinator for the running game. Was an “offensive assistant” with the Washington Redskins from 2011-2012 and with the Atlanta Falcons with the same title from 2015-2016. Was the Browns receivers coach in 2014.


Brian Daboll

  • Current job: OC Buffalo Bills
  • Age: 44
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: Browns (2009-2010), Dolphins (2011), Chiefs (2012), Alabama (2017), Bills (2018-2019)
  • Years coaching: 22
  • Super Bowl Champion: 5-time (Patriots)
  • CFP National Champion: 1-time (Alabama)
  • Coaching tree of: Bill Belichick
  • Already requested interview: Yes

Daboll had an eight year run with the Patriots as wide receivers coach and defensive assistant before perusing OC jobs. Was the Browns OC from 2009-2010. Won a national championship with Alabama one season and also coached quarterbacks with the Jets for two seasons. Offensive rankings while an OC: 2009 Browns – 32; 2010 Browns – 29; 2011 Dolphins – 22; 2017 Alabama – 3; 2018 Bills – 30; 2019 Bills – 24.


Robert Saleh

  • Current job: DC San Francisco 49ers
  • Age: 40
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: 49ers (2017-2019)
  • Years coaching: 17
  • Super Bowl Champion: Yes, 1-time (Seahawks)
  • Coaching tree of: Gary Kubiak
  • Already requested interview: Yes

Saleh has coached on the college and NFL levels and is considered one of the league’s brightest defensive minds. He is currently in his third season as the DC and has transformed that unit into the second ranked defense. Defensive rankings while as DC: 2017 49ers – 24; 2018 - 13; 2019 - 2.


Greg Roman

  • Current job: OC Baltimore Ravens
  • Age: 47
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: Holy Spirit High School (2008), 49ers (2011-2014), Bills (2015-2016), Ravens (2019)
  • Years coaching: 24
  • Super Bowl Champion: No
  • Coaching tree of: Jim Harbaugh
  • Already requested interview: Yes

Was part of the 49ers regime that went to the playoffs three of four years and the NFC Championship all three years yet lost one Super Bowl. Offensive rankings while an OC: 2011 49ers – 11; 2012 – 29; 2013 – 24; 2014 – 20; 2015 Bills – 13; 2016 – 16; 2019 Ravens - 2


Mike LaFleur

  • Current job: Passing game coordinator San Francisco 49ers
  • Age: 32
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: St. Joseph’s (2011-2012), Davidson (2013)
  • Years coaching: 11
  • Super Bowl Champion: No
  • Coaching tree of: Mike Pettine
  • Already requested interview: Yes

It is difficult to imagine LaFleur getting any type of serious consideration, but the Browns have asked to speak to him during the 49ers bye week. He has coached at both the college and NFL levels. Was a coaching intern with the Browns in 2014. He has been San Francisco’s passing game coordinator since 2017.


Lincoln Riley

  • Current job: Head coach Oklahoma
  • Age: 36
  • Head coaching experience: Yes, Oklahoma (2017-2019)
  • Coordinator experience: East Carolina (2010-2014), Oklahoma (2015-2016)
  • Years coaching: 16
  • Super Bowl Champion: No
  • Coaching tree of: Mike Leach
  • Already requested interview: No

Having built a quality program such as Oklahoma, Riley is s long-shot to become the Browns head coach, but there is interest. He is an offensive innovator, but has a problem keeping a top defense. Currently is 36-6-0 as a head coach and was named Big 12 Coach-of-the-Year in 2018.


Jim Caldwell

  • Current job: Assistant head coach/QB coach Miami Dolphins
  • Age: 64
  • Head coaching experience: Yes, Wake Forest (1993-2000), Indianapolis Colts (2009-2011), Detroit Lions (2014-2017)
  • Coordinator experience: Ravens (2012-2013)
  • Years coaching: 42
  • Super Bowl Champion: Yes, 2-time (Colts, Ravens)
  • Coaching tree of: Joe Paterno
  • Already requested interview: No

Caldwell has had success as a head coach with a record of 62-50. He has also been part of winning two Super Bowls. His offensive forte’ is quarterbacks and receivers. In his first two seasons with the Colts, they went 14-2-0 and 10-6-0 and lost in the Super Bowl to the Saints. Then the bottom fell out and finished 2-14-0 in 2011. While with the Lions, they went 11-5-0 his first year, then 7-9-0, and twin 9-7-0 seasons. Two years were playoff squads that lost in the first round each time. Offensive rankings while an OC: 2012 Ravens – 16; 2013 - 29. Offensive rankings while a head coach: 2009 Colts –9; 2010 – 4; 2011 – 30; 2014 Lions – 19; 2015 – 20; 2016 – 21; 2017 – 13.


Josh McDaniels

  • Current job: OC New England Patriots
  • Age: 43
  • Head coaching experience: Yes, Denver Broncos (2009-2010)
  • Coordinator experience: Patriots (2005-2008), St. Louis Rams (2011), Patriots (2012-2019)
  • Years coaching: 20
  • Super Bowl Champion: 6-time (Patriots)
  • Coaching tree of: Bill Belichick
  • Already requested interview: Yes

An extremely intelligent coach, he is the mainstay of the Patriots’ offensive success for so long. He went 11-17 as head coach of the Broncos and began his first season 6-0 only to finish 8-8-0. The following year the Broncos began 3-9-0 and he was fired. Was first hired by New England in 2001. 2007 Patriots set multiple offensive records. One of the top offensive minds in the NFL and an excellent play-caller. The Patriots this year are the league’s number 15 offense. Three different seasons has coached the Patriots to the league’s number one offense. McDaniels grew up in Canton, Ohio, went to McKinley High School and then played receiver at John Carroll University. His father Thom is an Ohio coaching legend.

Offensive rankings while an OC: 2005 Patriots – 11; 2006 – 7; 2007 – 1; 2008 – 5; 2011 Rams – 31; 2012 Patriots – 1; 2013 - 7; 2014 - 11; 2015 - 6; 2016 - 4; 2017 - 1; 2018 – 5; 2019 – 15. Offensive rankings while a head coach: 2009 Broncos – 15; 2010 - 13.


Eric Bieniemy

  • Current job: OC Kansas City Chiefs
  • Age: 50
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: University of Colorado (2011-2012), Chiefs (2018-2019)
  • Years coaching: 18
  • Super Bowl Champion: No
  • Coaching tree of: Andy Reed
  • Already requested interview: No

Former All-American at Colorado and a Heisman finalist, became the running backs coach of the Minnesota Vikings wit Adrian Peterson in his heyday who led the league in rushing for two seasons. Hired by the Chiefs as their running backs coach before assuming the OC job last year. This year, the Chiefs are ranked number six overall, 5th in passing and 23th in rushing. Last year, in Bieniemy, Kansas City was the number one ranked offense which featured the league’s MVP in quarterback Patrick Mahomes.


Dennis Allen

  • Current job: DC New Orleans Saints
  • Age: 47
  • Head coaching experience: Yes, Oakland Raiders (2012-2014)
  • Coordinator experience: Broncos (2011), Saints (2015-2019)
  • Years coaching: 23
  • Super Bowl Champion: Yes, 1-time (Saints)
  • Coaching tree of: Sean Payton
  • Already requested interview: No

Allen was named head coach of the Raiders after one year as DC with the Broncos. Under Allen, the Raiders finished 4-12-0, 4-12-0 and 3-13-0. Defensive rankings while a DC: 2011 Broncos – 20; 2015 Saints - 31; 2016 - 27; 2017 - 17; 2018 – 14; 2019 – 11. Defensive rankings while a head coach: 2012 Raiders –18; 2013 - 22; 2014 – 21.


Kevin Stefanski

  • Current job: OC Minnesota Vikings
  • Age: 37
  • Head coaching experience: No
  • Coordinator experience: One and one/half years
  • Years coaching: 14
  • Super Bowl Champion: No
  • Coaching tree of: Brad Childress
  • Already requested interview: Yes

Stefanski has been with the Vikings since 2006 as a position coach with running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks. In 2017, the New York Football Giants asked to interview him for their OC position under Pat Shurmur but was denied. In 2018, he was promoted to OC after John DeFilippo was fired after the 13th game, but did not assume play calling duties. This year Minnesota was 23rd in passing and 6th in rushing and ranked 16th overall in offense.


Mike McCarthy

  • Current job: none
  • Age: 56
  • Head coaching experience: Yes, Green Bay Packers (2006-2018)
  • Coordinator experience: Saints (2000-2004), 49ers (2005)
  • Years coaching: 32
  • Super Bowl Champion: Yes, 1-time (Packers)
  • Coaching tree of: Marty Schottenheimer
  • Already requested interview: No

McCarthy and former Browns’ GM John Dorsey worked together in Green Bay. As head coach captured Super Bowl XLV in 2010. Was 2007 NFL Coach-of-the-Year after going 13-3-0 in only his second year at the helm. Compiled a 125-77-2 regular season record and 10-8-0 for the playoffs. Took the Packers to the playoffs nine seasons and three NFC Conference Championship Games. During his 12 year tenure, Green Bay only had three losing seasons. McCarthy’s offensive units were ranked in the Top 10 nine times while head coach.

Offensive rankings while an OC: 2000 Saints – 10; 2001 – 10; 2002 – 19; 2003 – 11; 2004 - 15; 2005 49ers – 32.

Offensive rankings while a head coach: 2006 Packers – 9; 2007 – 2; 2008 – 8; 2009 - 6; 2010 - 9; 2011 - 3; 2012 – 12: 2013 - 3; 2014 - 6; 2015 - 23; 2016 – 8; 2017 - 26; 2018 - 12.


Poll

Which of these head coaching candidates interests you the most?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Mike McDaniel
    (22 votes)
  • 1%
    Brian Daboll
    (22 votes)
  • 7%
    Robert Saleh
    (135 votes)
  • 5%
    Greg Roman
    (94 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike LaFleur
    (8 votes)
  • 3%
    Lincoln Riley
    (58 votes)
  • 2%
    Jim Caldwell
    (48 votes)
  • 30%
    Josh McDaniels
    (544 votes)
  • 4%
    Eric Bieniemy
    (75 votes)
  • 0%
    Dennis Allen
    (7 votes)
  • 5%
    Kevin Stefanski
    (106 votes)
  • 37%
    Mike McCarthy
    (659 votes)
1778 votes total Vote Now