Posted by Uncle Rico 3:10 PM ET
Another Josh McDaniels redemption rumor has surfaced today. The latest, from Marc Sessler at NFL.com suggests that if offered the Cleveland Browns head coaching job, McDaniels would accept it in a flash. This sounds like another attempt by McDaniels’ agent, Bob LaMonte, to secure his client a spot on the lucrative NFL head coaching carousel. Let’s be real though – while owners and team presidents have memories short enough to provide men like Romeo Crennel, Wade Philips and Norv Turner do-overs (multiple in the case of Turner and Philips), none of them are likely to overlook the extraordinarily disastrous results of McDaniels short tenure as the Broncos head coach.
Getting past a poor record is one thing, but the arrogance, immaturity, inability to get along with star players (e.g. Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Peyton Hillis, Tony Scheffler, etc.) and not being able to work well alongside assistant coaches (e.g. Mike Nolan) McDaniels brings to the table cannot be sold to a fan base. Case in point: Chris Roling at Bleacher Report writes Josh McDaniels is a terrible candidate to replace Lovie Smith. It seems that McDaniels’ only supporter among the analyst community is Mike Lombardi. But by many accounts, including that of Tony Grossi of ESPN Clevelend, Lombardi’s only hope in returning to an NFL front office is in a stripped down general manager role as part of a Joe Banner-Lombardi-McDaniels trio in Cleveland. Recall, after being fired by Al Davis, Lombardi was so desperate to find employment with an NFL franchise that he worked briefly for Mike Shanahan and the Broncos for free. So, Lombardi’s backing of McDaniels is self-serving.
As prime evidence that McDaniels has not learned from his past mistakes, according to two influential NFL sources of Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe, “if Lombardi and McDaniels indeed team up in Cleveland, the chances are good that they will attempt to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and install him as the franchise quarterback. Brandon Weeden would be out, or in a backup role.”
The ceiling for some football coaches is being a good coordinator. McDaniels seemingly fits into such group, except per bigleadsports, McDaniels’ only coordinator job without the high tide of Tom Brady to raise his boat resulted in the worst offensive performance since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 1976 Bucs averaged 8.9 points a game. Including those Buccaneers, the six expansion teams since 1970 averaged 14.2 points. McDaniels’ 2011 St. Louis Rams offense: 11.8 points per game.
If McDaniels is as smart as he thinks he is, then he won’t be leaving the New England Patriots anytime soon.