Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that even after Patriots OC Josh McDaniels removed his name for the Browns head coaching search, he still wanted the job and later called them to say so just a day later.
Cabot adds that McDaniels was likely the team’s “mystery” candidate still being considered for the job before the Browns elected to hire Mike Pettine.
McDaniels had support from then GM Michael Lombardi who believed McDaniels received a “raw deal in Denver.” According to the report, McDaniels was even owner Jimmy Haslam’s top choice, although Joe Banner still had his reservations about hiring McDaniels
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that McDaniels was regarded a “last-resort, safety-net option” for the Browns.
Either way, nothing came of the Browns supposed interest in McDaniels and the team looks to be moving in a completely different direction now that Ray Farmer is running the team. The more news that get leaked out regarding what transpired in the past few months, the worse it looks for the franchise.
Here’s hoping that Browns fans will eventually have something to be excited about.