A new name has surfaced in the Cleveland Browns’ search for their seventh full-time head coach since 1999, and virtually no one saw it coming.
The Browns will interview Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo today, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed source. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported the interview was set for this week.
The Browns are not commenting on interviews as they look for a coach to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired Dec. 29 after he spent just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 under Chudzinski and suffered seven consecutive losses to end the season.
Perhaps the most-intriguing aspect of the news about McAdoo is the potential for him to follow a similar career path to that of Andy Reid, one of the most-respected head coaches in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game this past weekend, but in his first season with the Chiefs, Reid guided the Chiefs to a record of 11-5 and a postseason berth after a 2-14 season in 2012.
When Browns CEO Joe Banner oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Philadelphia Eagles, he and owner Jeffrey Lurie hired Reid as the team’s head coach in 1999. At the time, Reid was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach and had never previously been a coordinator at any level, let alone a head coach. Reid, though, held the job with the Eagles for 14 seasons and led them to the NFC Championship Game five times and one Super Bowl.