It has been four games since the Cleveland Browns fired Hue Jackson and began their head coaching search. Gregg Williams has done a fine job, but he is not the man for the position. Here are the four names that are continuing to pop up as potential coaches for the Cleveland Browns.
McCarthy was fired from the Green Bay Packers on Sunday directly after the game and it came as no surprise. The Packers were 4-7-1 this season and the firing has been long overdue for the Packers. McCarthy has been successful in his time with the Packers but he had a rough relationship with his quarterback Aaron Rodgers. This led to his release and you can see below some of the mediocre and the stubbornness that summed up the entire Packers season.
Snapshot of #Packers stagnation under Mike McCarthy this year:
• Lead NFL in pass rate on first down despite Aaron Jones' 6.5 YPC on 1D
• Lead NFL in passes outside the numbers
• Lead NFL in throwaways
• 7th-lowest play action rate
• 9th-lowest pre-snap motion rate
— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) December 3, 2018
The Browns are going to look into McCarthy due to his relationship with Dorsey and the current Browns front office. I do not think the Browns should hire McCarthy, but overall I would not be surprised if it were to happen. With his success, he could become the next Andy Reid and lead this Browns team to the Playoffs or he could be like Jeff Fischer and not amount to much for the Browns.
Bruce Arians retired from football almost a year ago to the day due to his health reasons. He became a broadcaster for CBA this season and has called numerous Browns game. In each one of them, he has talked about how much he loves the Browns and said that he loved Baker Mayfield on Sunday against the Texans. Reports have come out that said the Browns coaching position would be the only job he would come out of retirement for. He has also stated in reports he would retain both Freddie Kitchens and Gregg Williams on his staff. He seems like the most likely candidate to be hired by the Browns this offseason.
Despite last season’s debacle with the Indianapolis Colts, McDaniels is still going to get head coaching interviews this offseason. McDaniels has previous head coaching experience with the Denver Broncos from 2009-2010. He has worked with Tom Brady for a long time and could learn from what he did in Denver and New England and apply it to Baker Mayfield and the Browns. McDaniels grew up in Ohio and even attended John Carrol University. He has the offensive mind to adapt to the college-like offense that is coming into the NFL now as well as being a seasoned play-caller, this could potentially be a good hire for the Browns if they can convince him to leave Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Lincoln Riley is a hot name this coming offseason out of Oklahoma, but it is still a mystery on whether he will leave Oklahoma for the NFL. Riley would be a perfect match for the Browns and Baker Mayfield because of his experience with Mayfield. But Dorsey might be a bit unsure on if he can go straight from the college ranks to the NFL with no prior experience. Riley could be the next Sean McVay and turn this team around and get us to the promise land as McVay has done with the Rams but it seems unlikely he could do that. Riley could be an exciting piece to the puzzle for the Browns but it seems unlikely he is going to leave college for any team let alone the Browns.
Also mentioned: Dave Toub, Pete Carmichael, Eric Bieniemy, Matt Campbell, and Matt LaFleur
I would hire either Bruce Arians or Josh McDaniels, but I could see the upside to all four. The team is continuing its search and John Dorsey and co. will exhaust all assets to get the right guy for Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns and get us to the playoffs and beyond.