Is there any beer left in that free Bud Light fridge? Here . . . .we go . . . . again!!!! As of October 29th, 2019, the Cleveland Browns fired their 5th coach in 7 and a half seasons. Hue Jackson was canned after going 4-36-1 in 2 and a half seasons. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was also shown the door. This is after an offseason where John Dorsey added significant role players to the defense, added some offensive weapons, and actually found a franchise quarterback. But the coaching staff was still in shambles. Defensive coordinator Greg Williams will now serve as interim head coach. I personally don’t see him sticking around beyond this season. And just when you thought things were getting better. The silver lining in the dark cloud is Dorsey. He has successfully hired great head coaches before. He probably would have done it again last offseason if it wasn’t for Haslam’s wishes to keep Jackson around. Here are some potential options for the Browns:
Dave Toub, assistant HC and ST coordinator for Kansas City Chiefs
Toub is rumored to be on the top Dorsey’s list. He had been with the Chiefs since Andy Reid hired him in 2013. That started his second stint with Reid. I know special teams coordinator may not sound like a sexy option for head coach but the guy has made a serious name for himself around the league. Especially with that dominate Bears special teams squad from 2006. The last special teams coordinator to be hired as head coach was John Harbaugh. The Ravens eventually got a Super Bowl title out of him. Toub was promoted this season to assistant head coach, along with his special teams duties. Kansas City is having a hell of a season to say the least, and 4 teams the past few seasons have hired their head coaches from there. Maybe it’s time for Toub to reunite with Dorsey.
John DeFilippo, offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings
Browns fans may remember DeFilippo when he was their offensive coordinator in 2015. Mike Pettine hired him to replace Kyle Shanahan and he actually did a solid job. He had a good mix of run and pass. Helped Josh McCown beat some of Bernie Kosar’s passing records. Even Manziel played well under him. After Pettine was axed, DeFilippo went on to Philadelphia to be quarterback coach. There he spent two seasons helping develop a little name called Carson Wentz. After the Eagkes won their Super Bowl, he left to become the Vikings offensive coordinator. Even with a new quarterback, he helped pick up where Pat Shurmur left off. The Vikings currently have one of the best offenses in the league. Despite Dalvin Cook’s injuries they continue to run the ball successfully. Adam Thielen continues to have a record breaking season. Imagine Baker Mayfield running offense under this guy. Maybe it’s time to bring the Youngstown kid home.
Matt LaFleur, offensive coordinator for Tennessee Titans
One of the hot commodities in the NFL these days is young offensive gurus. LaFleur is prime example. He has worked with quarterbacks and offense his whole coaching career. Recently he was the Falcons quarterback coach in 2016 when Matt Ryan won his MVP. He became offensive coordinator for the Rams in 2017 and turned them into a top 10 offense. He left for Tennessee when they hired Vrabel. I know right now Tennessee doesn’t run the best offense, but they still compete with what they got. They also have a quarterback issue. It shouldn’t take away from LaFleur’s expertise. I think he has a lot to offer.
The man said goodbye to coaching last January. However, Arians is your stereotypical football guy. He lives and breathes the sport. Coaching was what he was good at and what he enjoyed. The Browns were his dream job. At one point Urban Meyer also retired. But when his dream job called he put the head set back on. Would Arians unretire for his dream job?
College option #1, Kirk Ferentz of Iowa
I would like to add I don’t believe for one second Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley will be an option for the Browns head coaching gig. Just because he coached Mayfield doesn’t mean he should be in Cleveland. Fans said the same thing with Manziel. STOP!!!
Now the case for Ferentz. The hiring of Dorsey was significant for the Browns. The past decade they have lacked football guys in the organization. Dorsey is a football guy. He signed and drafted football guys. Ferentz is a football guy. I know one of his former players personally and he couldn’t stress enough how much Ferentz could help this team. A reunion of Ferentz in Cleveland could set the team in the right direction for years to come. The last time he coached in Cleveland he was the linebackers coach with Bill Belichick as head coach and Nick Saban as defensive coordinator. Yeah, he comes from a long line of successful coaches and worked with many great players.
College option #2, Greg Schiano, defensive coordinator of Ohio State
The story has been told that when Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner were on their second head coaching search in 2014, they had a discussion with Bill Belichick. In that conversation, Belichick had recommended Greg Schiano as the next head coach of the Browns. Long story short, they didn’t listen. Mike Pettine was hired, Joe Banner was fired, and the new cluster fuck began. So here they are in need of a coach again. Why not look into the possibility of Schiano coaching in Cleveland? He has done a fantastic job coordinating Ohio State’s defense the past few seasons. He was actually offered the job at University of Tennessee until the student’s protested (which I personally thought was over exaggerated). What I like about him is that he’s a hard ass type coach. He is all about winning football games and nothing less. Similar attitudes of coaches like Belichick and Tom Coughlin. Maybe the Browns need a tough coach to put them in place.
Current coach option, Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
I do personally believe there is a chance McCarthy could find his way to Cleveland. Whether after he gets fired or via trade. Most of the Browns front office came from Green Bay. They may crave a reunion in order to help the Browns win a Super Bowl someday. McCarthy has done a fine job in Green Bay but the organization maybe ready to go another direction if they don’t make the playoffs this year. If he does become the next head coach for the Browns, don’t be surprise if Clay Matthews Jr. follows him. He would be a Brown just like his dad.
Longshot option, Joe Thomas
NFL teams seem to be hiring younger coaches these days to connect with this new generation of players. What Cleveland Brown knows everything about the struggles of the past 11 seasons? That’s were big Joe comes in. He is extremely knowledgeable about the game and every position in it. He has experienced every wrong way to manage a team. He connects well with players and knows how to hype them. He is a Cleveland Brown. Maybe its time for the future Hall of Famer to lead the team in a different way. It would be a Hollywood story. The all-pro that never saw the playoffs after 11 seasons, but coached them to Super Bowl victory. We can only imagine.