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    http://www.boston.com/sports/footbal...mcdaniels.html

    On Dec. 9, after speaking to two influential NFL sources, I wrote that NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi was a serious candidate to be the next general manager of the Browns should owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner decide to part ways with general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur.

    And if Lombardi was hired, Alabama coach Nick Saban would be the top target followed by Oregon coach Chip Kelly and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

    With the hiring of Alec Scheiner as Browns president on Tuesday, it looks like we're a step closer to everything becoming reality.

    From long-time Browns beat writer Tony Grossi: Banner will oversee football operations and, we’ve been told by sources, will name Lombardi to a glorified player personnel director position.

    As far as the coaching front once that happens, Grossi names the targets: Saban (long shot), Kelly (long shot because he can demand personnel control if he wants) and McDaniels.

    Independently, Saban, who has built a national powerhouse at Alabama, is believed to be Haslam’s first choice to coach the Browns. ... There is one rumor that Haslam is prepared to offer Saban a $100 million deal over 10 years to coach the Browns. ....Two sources who know Saban have told me that Saban is leaning toward staying at Alabama and if he ever sought to scratch that NFL itch again, it would not be in Cleveland.

    In my job, I don't really care what happens with Saban and Kelly, but the McDaniels situation is certainly interesting.

    Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer also had this to say about McDaniels and the Browns:

    A source told The Plain Dealer that McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009, would jump at the chance to coach the Browns.

    Would he leave after just one season? Yes, if it was the right situation. A Banner-Lombardi-McDaniels trio, McDaniels being a born-and-bred Ohioan, and a chance to rebuild where the Bill Belichick tree was first planted, would be factors that would likely get a blessing from Belichick.

    What would the Patriots do at offensive coordinator? Wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea is the only viable candidate currently on the staff, and now three years into his Patriots tenure, the former college quarterback should be ready.

    An outside (and probably long shot) candidate could be former tight ends coach Brian Ferentz, who spent last season as the offensive line coach for his father, Kirk, at Iowa.

    One more log to throw on the fire: those two initial sources said that 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.
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    the wrinkle in this is that some think Josh is Bill Belichick's and even Robert Kraft's hand-picked successor for Belichick at NE, when he hangs it up. BB has been clear in at least one interview that (paraphasing) he doesn't see himself coaching into old age like a Marv Levy, for example.
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    Default Re: Cleveland's head coaching short list: Nick Saban (long shot), Chip Kelly (long shot), Josh McDaniels (likely choice)?

    McDaniels' nitch seems to be running a potent offense in New England. But it would be hard to turn down a head coaching opportunity when you're a coordinator. There are only 32 jobs and you gotta jump when one of them is offered to you. The Mallett information is interesting. He must be pretty talented.

    Saban and Kelly would be fools though to leave their jobs for Cleveland.

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    the wrinkle in this is that some think Josh is Bill Belichick's and even Robert Kraft's hand-picked successor for Belichick at NE, when he hangs it up. BB has been clear in at least one interview that (paraphasing) he doesn't see himself coaching into old age like a Marv Levy, for example.
    Hmm, that makes it a bit more interesting. I would be surprised though if Belichick retires while Brady is still playing. Having Brady guarantees that they will at least be in contention to win a Super Bowl every year and I think that would be hard for Belichick to walk away from. But I could definitely see Belichick leaving with Brady in five or whatever years.

    Can McDaniels wait five or so years? New England is obviously a superior franchise to Cleveland, but it's gotta be hard to turn down a head coaching opportunity, particularly when it's from a team in your home state. Reviving the Browns would make him a legend, but that's a tall task.

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    Lombardi is actually one of Bill Belichick's close friends I believe, so it's not like he would tell Josh not to go there (like when he told Eric Mangini not to go to the New York Jets and he did anyway).

    I know McDaniel's took a huge amount of flak for his Denver days: the Tebow pick was a disaster & the Cutler rift was bizarre, but an awful lot of his draft picks became the core of the defense that is playing great right now so he's not dumb. He just wan't ready before to be a more calm and quiet type.

    bizarre thought though: is he still Tebow crazy, after Tim gets cut?
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    Default Re: Cleveland's head coaching short list: Nick Saban (long shot), Chip Kelly (long shot), Josh McDaniels (likely choice)?

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    (like when he told Eric Mangini not to go to the New York Jets and he did anyway).

    Didn't Mangini also try to take some Patriots coaches with him to the Jets? I recall reading something along those lines.

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    yeah, I forget now who it was that he went after, but poaching the staff was the final straw that broke the Belichick-Mangini connection
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    Default Re: Cleveland's head coaching short list: Nick Saban (long shot), Chip Kelly (long shot), Josh McDaniels (likely choice)?

    Well, if McDaniels gets the job, and he tries to get Mallett to come along, I hope to goodness he levels with his current QB first this time...

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    Well, if McDaniels gets the job, and he tries to get Mallett to come along, I hope to goodness he levels with his current QB first this time...
    Really? Do you expect him to sit down and say "Brandon Weedon, I know you just had this fantastic 5 win season, but would you mind if I made a few phone calls just to see if another QB might be available?"

    Cutler was going to be the starter until he just couldn't deal with the fact that his coach had tried (unsuccessfully) to trade for Cassel and wasn't there to hold his hand and stroke his ego. Chicago is never winning squat with him unless Jay Cutler finally grows up. I wouldn't hold my breath.

    McDaniels probably was too arrogant to play along at least a little since Cutler is talented if a headcase, but I can't see McDaniels as being most in the wrong on that incident.
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