Before beginning, let us pause for a moment and realize how fortunate, as New England Patriots fans, we are that week in and week out for the last 14 or so years, our favorite team has had a chance to win every game, every week.
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The exact opposite of that could be said for the Cleveland Browns, a franchise that has averaged just over five wins a year since reinstatement in 1999, making it one of the many reasons Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is wise to be out of the running as their next head coach.
McDaniels is currently back for his second stint leading the Patriots’ offensive attack, and at 37, is still extremely young as a head coaching prospect. What is working against McDaniels is his failed attempt in charge of the Denver Broncos, where he stormed out of the gate to a 6-0 start, then followed it by going 5-17 until being fired before the 2010 season ended. That is not to mention McDaniels’ video taping scandal in which he and the organization were docked $50,000 a pop after allegations during the team’s 2010 trip to London.
Despite the tumultuous ending in Denver, McDaniels will certainly be entertained as a head coaching candidate for years to come. However, he might only have one more shot at the man in charge. Think of how many head coaches had stints with more than two different franchises without a sniff of success. Not many, so McDaniels has to be careful when he finally makes up his mind, and even though he is a Cleveland-area native, the shores of Lake Erie would not be ideal.
Had teams like the Detroit Lions or Houston Texans came calling, then maybe McDaniels would be a goner, but there is no measure to emphasize how atrocious the Cleveland Browns franchise has been since 1999. They have just one playoff appearance, one season in which they won double-digit games, eight different head coaches, and three first-round quarterbacks who have not worked out. Cleveland will undoubtedly find a suitor, probably someone who has no head coaching experience just itching to finally put all his assistant’s work behind him and be the guy.
Also, McDaniels has to consider when Bill Belichick steps down from his post. Belichick is 61, the third oldest coach in the NFL. His days could be numbered and McDaniels is positioned to be the heir to the Foxborough throne, especially now since Bill O’Brien took the gig in Houston.
McDaniels just has to continue to lean on Tom Brady‘s (right) shoulder and churn out more dynamic offenses. Stay patient and he will once again be a head coach in the NFL before we know it.