Josh McDaniels is having a nice season as Patriots offensive coordinator, but he wants to be a head coach again.
The Cleveland Browns will likely be searching for a new head man very soon and McDaniels is rumored to be one of the top-three candidates. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, McDaniels "would jump at the chance to coach the Browns."
McDaniels is an Ohio native who played quarterback at Canton-McKinley High School and then receiver at John Carroll University in Cleveland. A return home for McDaniels would likely make the already-attractive head job even more so.
McDaniels has chased his dream to be a head coach before. After eight seasons as a Patriots assistant, McDaniels left after the 2008 season to become head coach of the Broncos. He led Denver to an 8-8 record in his first season but was then fired twelve games into the 2010 campaign after putting together a 3-9 record.
McDaniels spent the 2011 season as offensive coordinator of the Rams. When Bill O'Brien was hired as Joe Paterno's successor at Penn State last season, McDaniels joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant and O'Brien's eventual successor as the offensive coordinator.
The Patriots offense has been the best in the league this season with McDaniels back at the helm. They average the most yards per game (432.4) and points per game (36.1), and they've done it while dealing with injuries throughout the season to some of their most important pieces. Tight end Aaron Hernandez missed six games earlier this season with an ankle injury, while fellow tight end has been out since Week 11 with a broken arm.
It has been rumored that the Browns may hire NFL Network's Mike Lombardi (Browns Director of Pro Personnel under Bill Belichick in the early-to-mid 1990s) as general manager.
Aside from McDaniels, other rumored options to take the head job are University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban and University of Oregon's Chip Kelly.