Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, ESPN football reporter Chris Mortensen said that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would be "foolish" to not consider coaching the Browns should the team offer him its head coaching job.
McDaniels initially left the Patriots to become the Broncos' head coach in 2009, going 11-17 before being fired in his second season. He was then the Rams' offensive coordinator before being permitted to rejoin the Patriots prior to last season's playoffs. Given all of that movement, Mortensen speculated that perhaps McDaniels might want to stay in one place for a while before his next change.
"I think the guy's a heck of a coach, and I think that in the right circumstance, where Josh gets to focus on being a head coach, that he's going to go when he's ready to go," Mortensen said. "I'm sure there's a part of Josh that says, 'I just want to settle down. My family needs to settle down in one place for a while.'"
Mortensen did note that the Browns' job would be very appealing to candidates, as he thinks highly of owner Jimmy Haslam.
"When you look for jobs, you look at the owner, and in Jimmy Haslam, I think we're talking about one of the guys who's going to be one of the premium owners in this league," he said. "If for some reason, they came calling for Josh, and maybe Josh's answer is an automatic 'no,' I would think that would be a little bit foolish because there are rare opportunities when you have the chance to go work for an owner that I think is going to be as successful as Haslam."
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