When a head coach withdraws his name suddenly from a head coaching search, it usually signals that the job is no longer there to be offered anymore. While the Cleveland Browns have yet to hire a new head coach, supposed frontrunner Josh McDaniels abruptly withdrew his name from consideration earlier on Wednesday afternoon.
Many took this at the time at face value, as McDaniels stated the time wasn’t right to leave New England. But what really happened, at least according to Mary Kay Cabot from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was that McDaniels was informed that he was no longer the frontrunner to land the job.
Essentially, McDaniels wasn’t the prom queen so he left the prom.
McDaniels isn’t the ply guy in the history of the game to have pulled his name after learning he wasn’t the sole favorite to land the job, he’s probably just one of the less likable guys to have done it. The real question is who do the Browns consider the frontrunner? They are set to interview Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo and he’s the guy now quickly gaining steam as a possible frontrunner.
Whoever the Browns new frontrunner may be, it’s not McDaniels and if he was led to believe he was the favorite to land the job, he was grossly mislead.