UPDATE: According to sources, the New England Patriots have given Josh McDaniels permission to speak with the Cleveland Browns.
As soon as people knew that the Browns were moving on from their head coach Rob Chudzinski, people started connecting the dots between GM Mike Lombardi and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Now the speculation seems accurate as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Browns are ‘pushing’ to interview McDaniels.
McDaniels had a rough go at it while he was the Denver Broncos head coach, with a record of 11-17 before being let go in the middle of the 2010 season. Also, most people in Denver despise Josh McDaniels as it was a storyline heading into the Patriots-Broncos game.
McDaniels can also be credited with drafting Tim Tebow in the first round and that was primarily the reason they hated him. Nonetheless, the Broncos are now one of the better teams in the NFL and with a successful Patriots season, McDaniels just may be looking to go to the best situations according to a lot of football people.
The Browns have a good defense and a young core of talented guys. Their division isn’t impossible as the Steelers have missed the playoffs since 2011, when they were a first round bounce to Tim Tebow’s Broncos. The Bengals always choke late and the Ravens have to rebuild after losing a big core of that defense last offseason. One thing is for sure, the division is pretty open at the moment.
The Browns need a few pieces if they want to be a legit contender, but most head coaching jobs are much more successful the second time around and a good working relationship between McDaniels and Lombardi can set it off on the right foot for Josh.