Throughout the Browns' search for a new head coach, ClevelandBrowns.com will break down the candidates as they go through the interview process with the team. We continue with a look at Josh McDaniels, the current offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.
1) A Northeast Ohio native, McDaniels went to high school at Canton McKinley before spending time in the Cleveland area as a wide receiver at John Carroll University. He is the son of legendary Ohio high school football coach Thom McDaniels, who, among his many accolades in his 26-year career, won a state and national championship at the helm of the Bulldogs in 1997. His brother Ben is the current quarterbacks coach at the University of Michigan.
2) During his time as a Blue Streak, McDaniels played with Patriots' Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio, college football hall of famer and former St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, Los Angeles Chargers' general manager Tom Telesco and Notre Dame special teams coordinator Brian Polian.
3) McDaniels has experience in the head coaching role in the NFL, as he was formerly the head coach of the Denver Broncos for 2009 and most of the 2010 season before his release. He was set to take over as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 before withdrawing to remain with the Patriots.
4) If you've been with the Patriots for an extended period of time in the last 20 years, you've racked up the championship rings, and McDaniels certainly has. He has been around for all six of New England's titles starting in 2001. He held a variety of roles in his first stint with the Pats from 2001-08, mostly on the offensive side of the ball. After his time in Denver, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams for the 2011 campaign before returning to New England, where he has been in the same role since 2012.
5) Although they found themselves in the middle of the pack in offensive yards per game this season (354), the Patriots have been consistently in the top-10 in the NFL in both yards per game and passing yards per game since 2012 under McDaniels, with the lone exception coming in 2014, when they finished 11th in yards per game (365.5). They led the league in yards per game in 2012 (427.9) and 2017 (394.2).
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