New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was such a touted play-caller and coaching mind that he received the Denver Broncos head coaching gig following his first stint as the Patriots offensive coordinator. McDaniels was an unmitigated disaster with the Broncos, and his time there has led many to believe that he’s cut from the Norv Turner cloth; he’s a great offensive coordinator who just can’t be an effective head coach.
Some are wondering whether or not that’s Rob Chudzinski, who was fired by the Cleveland Browns yesterday. Chudzinski is a brilliant mind on offense who was the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator for a couple of years before returning to the Browns last year to take the head coaching gig, and those against Chud and defending the Browns for their oft-criticized decision believe that Chudzinski just isn’t a head coach at this level.
The Browns are interested in replacing Chudzinski with McDaniels, which would mean firing Norv as OC, and McDaniels has been the most-linked name to the Browns in their head coaching search. He and GM Michael Lombardi share a distinct connection with Bill Belichick, and this would definitely work in McDaniels’s favor if he were interested in being the head coach of the Browns. While conventional wisdom states that he would be elated to take the job, it’s just as likely that McDaniels is perfectly content with being the offensive coordinator on a marquee franchise that has Belichick and Tom Brady.
Speaking of Tom Brady, the future Hall of Famer once again spoke highly of McDaniels, and it’s clear that Brady respects McDaniels a great deal. According to a tweet from the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Brady stated on Boston sports radio show Dennis & Callahan, ”I hope he doesn’t go anywhere. I’d love him to coach me for the rest of my life.”
Despite some iffy play-calling at the beginning of the year, most Patriots fans are also hoping for McDaniels to say, as McDaniels is one of the best offensive coordinators in the game.