It is a well known fact that the Cleveland Browns are extremely interested in hiring Josh McDaniels for their head coaching position, and according to ESPNBoston, they will get that interview with McDaniels, and it will take place this Saturday. Based on this report, the NFL only allows assistants who have earned a first round bye in the playoffs to be interviewed while the playoffs are still going on, and obviously McDaniels is included in that group.
I think that McDaniels would fare pretty well in Cleveland, especially if he was given the power to choose his own quarterback. He has taken a lot of heat from Pats fans this year, but he is a really good offensive coach, as Tom Brady has expressed numerous times over the past two years. New England would be losing a key member of their organization, and with Bill O’Brien in Houston, that would make two good offensive coordinators leaving the Patriots, in three years.
I certainly don’t believe that Tom Brady would struggle without McDaniels, but establishing a chemistry between coaches and players is always a good thing to do in the NFL, and since the Patriots have a lot of young players on their roster, losing McDaniels could hurt them, and their ability to develop within the offense.