Browns in town for McDaniels

Browns in town for McDaniels
January 4, 2014, 1:00 pm
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If Josh McDaniels wants the Browns head coaching job, Saturday will be his best chance to make his case for it.
Browns’ brass is in town to interview McDaniels for the position the team made available by dumping Rob Chudzinski after just one season.
McDaniels declined to interview for the opening last season prior to Chudzinski’s hire. Given the haste with which Chud got canned, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if McDaniels somehow indicated he’d be more open to the opportunity this time around.
The pros to the Cleveland job are, obviously, running one’s own program and making more cash.
The cons? A new owner, Jimmy Haslam, who is already taking on water with the fanbase and hasn’t shown himself to be a paragon of stability. A pissed-off contingent of players who believed in Chudzinski. That dynamic could force McDaniels to have to adopt his “I’m in charge here..” persona that went over like a fart in church with the Broncos and could set him up for issues in Cleveland. A fanbase that’s skeptical of hires that carry a whiff of Bill Belichick. Denizens of the Dawg Pound would probably like a winning team but, if that doesn’t avail itself, they’ll turn vitriol on GM Mike Lombardi – a Belichick confidante – who is godfathering McDaniels’ hire. Finally, their best quarterback is Brian Hoyer.
The Patriots have dealt with coordinators being courted during the playoffs for many years. It shouldn’t prove to be a distraction within the team but somewhere deep in McDaniels’ subconscious, he’ll know that a large swath of Ohio will be closely watching how the New England offense performs in the playoffs.