Browns Reveal What They Hated About Josh McDaniels
The Browns revealed what they hated about Josh McDaniels recently.
McDaniels, the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, was widely regarded as a favorite to become Cleveland’s next head coach.
This past Friday, McDaniels flew with his wife to formally interview with the Browns with the expectation that an offer would be extended.
Ultimately, an offer was extended – only it went to Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
To add insult to injury, McDaniels reportedly was not even the runner up for the job. That honor went to San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
Two notes on the Browns’ search.
• 49ers DC Robert Saleh made a very real impression on the group. I’m told he made the call harder on the Cleveland brass.
• Patriots OC Josh McDaniels did very well. My sense: the “problem” was he wanted sweeping organizational change.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 12, 2020
So what went wrong for McDaniels?
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, despite a good interview, McDaniels’ plans for the organization did not line up with management’s.
McDaniels essentially wanted to blow the Browns up and start anew. Cleveland brass did not want that.
Given the lack of success that the Browns have experienced over the past two decades it is a bit odd that they would not agree more with McDaniels’ assessment, but ultimately they did not.
It remains to be seen if Stefanski will be able to do what 10 coaches before him could not.
Next up on the agenda for Cleveland will be hiring a new general manager.