NFL Rumors: Browns Could Hire Josh McDaniels For ‘Belichick-Like Role’


December 31, 2019

The Cleveland Browns need a new head coach. And after firing John Dorsey, they need a new general manager, too.

Josh McDaniels could be the man for both jobs.

That’s what former Dallas Cowboys executive and current NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt believes, at least. Brandt tweeted Tuesday that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Browns hired McDaniels for a “(Bill) Belichick-like role” with “complete control” over Cleveland’s football operation.

The Browns already have requested permission to interview McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports. The New England Patriots offensive coordinator also reportedly has received interview requests from the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants.

McDaniels, who was raised in Canton, Ohio, and played college football in the Cleveland area at John Carroll University, reportedly was interested in the Browns job last offseason but never was contacted by the team. Dorsey, Cleveland’s now-former GM, ultimately chose to promote interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach. Both he and Kitchens were fired this week after a 6-10 season.

Dorsey’s departure increased McDaniels’ chances of becoming the Browns’ new head coach, according to multiple reports. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and pro scouting director Dave Ziegler have been mentioned as potential GM candidates.

McDaniels has spent 12 of the last 15 seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator. He spent 28 games as the Denver Broncos’ head coach in 2009 and 2010 and served as the St. Louis Rams’ OC in 2011. McDaniels agreed to become head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after the 2017 season before reversing course and remaining with the Patriots.

The Patriots will host the Tennessee Titans this Saturday night in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs.

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