Browns lose top choice as Josh McDaniels bows out of Cleveland coaching search
While losing out on McDaniels is a nightmare disappointment for the Cleveland front office, it is music to the ears of Browns fans. Among Cleveland fans, Bill Belichick proteges are about as popular as government shutdowns or Carnival Cruise Lines. Belichick protege Romeo Crennel went 24-40 as Browns head coach (2005-08). Belichick protege Eric Mangini went 10-22 as Browns head coach (2009-10). Belichick himself went 36-44 as Browns head coach (1991-95). The Belichick thing has never really worked out in Cleveland.
Adam Schefter broke the news that Josh McDaniels has withdrawn his name from the Browns coaching search. "Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has withdrawn from consideration for the Cleveland Browns HC job, per a league source," Schefter tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
McDaniels had been considered a lock for the Browns job, since Browns GM Mike Lombardi has written flatteringly about McDaniels during his time in the media and Lombardi remains close with Belichick.
And McDaniels is represented by agent Jimmy Sexton. A few Cleveland fans have noticed the curious fact that all of the Browns head coaching candidates are represented by Jimmy Sexton. (Sexton also represented the just-fired Cleveland coach Rob Chudznksi.) This has given birth to conspiracy theories of a wink-nod agreement where the Browns had already chosen McDaniels, and were interviewing Sexton's other clients to inflate their value for other coaching jobs.
But that kind of arrangement only works when your pre-ordained candidate takes the job. In Josh McDaniels' case, he will not. Now the Browns will have to settle for a fair and square hiring process -- with fair (at best) candidates.