Nine coaching candidates not on Banner’s radar.
I was going to do a Banner-Chud thing but I think I’ve covered where I’m at with Banner/Haslam. I’ve got no especially fresh takes on this.1
No, I’ve killed Banner enough. Let’s move forward.
And kill him in a different way.
Because he’s fixin to be the same douchey, inside-the-box-thinking Banner again and it’s a missed opportunity at best; a[nother] mistake at worst.
Josh McDaniels? Err, ok.
But cripes… there’s a lot of interesting coaches out there who aren’t on anyone’s lists. Just for fun last night I jotted down who’d be on my list of coaching candidates to talk with. Top of my head, 30 seconds of thought. It’s a better list than Banner’s.
if i’m banner/haslam who would i being talking to? (top of my head.) 1. malzahn; 2. shaw; 3. zimmer; 4. taggart; 5. horton i guess.
— mike b. (@603_brown) December 31, 2013
Tacking onto my HC candidate list; 6. helfrich; 7. graham(ASU); 8. whisenhunt; 9. orgeron. Would look for mgt/leadership ability above all.
— mike b. (@603_brown) December 31, 2013
Welp, first, please scratch Graham and insert Kingsbury. Geez, ASU and bowl games. Still a problem.
Let’s do a thumbnail on each of these guys and make a call on whether they would pick up the phone.
9. Ed Orgeron, ex of Ole Miss and USC.
The players’ coach. If you accept the NBA precept that the players make the coach, perhaps it can be applied to the NFL. I don’t know of Orgeron’s X’s and O’s skill; but his team played great for him both at Ole Miss2 and USC and you can hire smart coordinators. In theory anyway (**cough** Carthon).
Would snap up job in a second.
8. Ken Whisenhunt, ex of Cardinals, Steelers.
Who did this guy piss off? The resume is better than anyone else you’ll find today: OC for Super Bowl winning 2005 Steelers; HC for Super Bowl almost-winning Cardinals in 2008. And he just OC’d the Chargers to the playoffs. That Cardinals team, by the way,
was not stacked. had some decent talent. Fitz, Boldin in his prime, Warner; Dockett, Dansby, good DRC on defense. I’m looking at the roster and what jumps out is that all five of the o-line had 16 starts. Anyway, Whisenhunt is 4-2 in the post-season which is the same number of Browns playoff wins since 1969.3 So naturally he’s not on the Browns’ list. You figure it out.
Possible/unlikely. Didn’t he meet with Banner last year? But here Whisenhunt is mentioned by McManamon as being on Browns list.
Todd Graham, ASU Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech.
What is it with Arizona State and bowl games? I thought that era was over when Dennis Erikson left. Anyway… I’m glad in a way because last night reminded me that Kingsbury has all you want. Or all I want. Young, players like him, work for him, and plays an aggressive-attacking OFFENSE. Because now that the Browns have Ray Horton’s aggressive-attacking defense, shouldn’t we pair it up with an aggressive-attacking offense? No really, it’s funny/ironic but it’s also obvious. The Browns sold us the sexiness of pressuring QBs all last off-season. How about an offense that pressures defenses? Kingsbury runs a prototype of that offense.
Would pick up phone.
So does this guy…
6. Mark Helfrich, Oregon.
Was Chip Kelly’s OC before becoming head coach. You whiffed on Kelly last year, Joe. Here is your chance to get the Kelly offense that you really really wanted last year. I say again: aggressive-attacking OFFENSE would be a terrific path to take in particular against the aging AFCN defenses.
Hire a skilled practitioner of current offense either as HC or OC.
Would not pick up phone.
5. Ray Horton, your current DC.
He’s made it plain he wants to be a HC. Though there’s a smidge of disloyalty to taking Chud’s job, most understand that HC gigs are hard to come by and would forgive. (I’m pretty sure Chud wouldn’t hold a grudge about it.) It’s probably the best way to keep the locker room together if that’s a concern. If this route is taken, then definitely see if you Klingsbury or Helfrich would be game to be your OC.
Takes job in a heartbeat.
4. Willie Taggart, USF.
If you buy into coaching trees, there is one tree that has seen more and faster spectacular success than any in memory: The Harbaugh Tree. Willie Taggart is the Harbaugh-est of Harbaugh fruit. Was recruited by Jim, played for Dad, assistant for Jim at Stanford… then went from Stanford back to his alma mater, WKU. (I just love the guy who leaves Palo Alto for Bowling Green, Kentucky. That’s a guy with heart.) He killed it with WKU, took another hometown-ie job at USF (He’s from Bradenton). Give him two years and he’ll kill it with USF and then he won’t be answering your phone calls, Joe. But this year? Maybe. Don’t blame me Joe, you painted yourself into this corner with the Chud-fiasco and you are firmly in a buy low situation.
Would listen. Might jump. Possible.
Because… see #2.
3. Mike Zimmer, Bengals DC.
Players run through walls for him. When the Bengals crap out in the playoffs it won’t be Zimmer’s defense. It’ll be Jay Gruden’s misuse of his terrifically large receiving targets and/or Andy Dalton’s suck. Completely NFL HC ready, knows the division, nothing not to like here. Smart enough to hire a great OC, would probably be fine with Norv. (Although Norv won’t be staying will he?)
Would listen. Might jump. Possible. Also probable Mike Brown denies permission to talk to him.
2. David Shaw, Stanford.
Continued from the Taggart paragraph… Here is a buy-high candidate and he’s not talking to you. That’s why you go after Taggart now. Because by the time a Harbaugh Tree HC compiles 34-6 record, he ain’t talking to Joe Banner. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, you and Jimmy take your lawyers out to Pasadena like lololol last year, see how that works out.
Laughs at your phone call. Calls staff in to laugh with him at your phone call.
1. Gus Malzahn, Auburn.
This would totally suck for Auburn so I’m glad it won’t happen. But it should. What do the Browns suck at? Offense. Have for years. Who is the best offensive mind in football? Chip Kelly. (Whiff.) Second best? It’d have to be Malzahn, no? When his offense is clicking it isn’t stoppable. I base this on: UGA couldn’t stop it, Bama couldn’t stop it, Mizzou couldn’t stop it, and take the OVER 67.5 that’s currently available for the BCS.
For enough cash, he’s yours.
Not rocket science.
The Browns offense sucks. Has for a long time. You invested last year’s resources on building defense. You didn’t do a good job, but still… now is the time to focus on offense. It starts with a coach who is current on today’s emerging offense. Didn’t hate Norv, but he earned his spurs with Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and like seven all-pro blockers. You want a good offense? Hire a good offensive coach.
You want a team that works its balls off for you? You hire a good leader of men. Sucks that you just fired that guy. But there are other coaches who inspire their team and max their players’ ability. (Hint: Jim Schwartz is not one of those.) Pretty sure everyone on this list satisfies what-should-be the top criterion in your decision-making.
One non-reported data point on Josh McDaniels.
And so if leader-of-men is the top criterion, naturally Josh McDaniels is pretty much the opposite. I’ve seen MKC fluffy I-HEART-JOSH piece.4 You know what she forgot to “report?” The year after Josh McDaniels was fired mid-season, John Fox had the same team in the playoffs in his first year. With Tim Tebow.
Sorry that I’m not overly impressed by OC’s who OC with Tom Brady at QB. It’s like the Charlie Weis experience never happened.
This shit show is a long way from over.
- Ok I have one: I’m starting to lean toward Banner as a discreet water-carrier for a back-room Woody-Johnson-esque meddlesome know-it-all owner. I suspect Haslam was behind the defense change; I suspect Haslam wanted the show trial of Chud; I suspect Haslam wanted to fire someone for 4-12 in a mis-guided attempt to demonstrate that losing will not be tolerated. [back]
- Orgeron was the Blind Side HC. [back]
- I shit you not. Counting backward the Browns have one playoff win in 1994, 1989, 1987, 1986, then 19-freaking-69. [back]
- MKC’s ball-washing of coaching candidates is so pathetic. Please forward me a link of any main-stream media type who mentions anything critical about Josh McDaniels. Or who fails to mention that he went to John Carroll. [back]