Reports initially clashed over who was taking over as interim head coach: former Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams or former Rams Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders.
Beyond the immediacies, there’s the issue of the 2019 coaching carousel now getting kickstarted. The Browns now have a multi-week lead over any other NFL team in looking for a new head coach. I’m not sure how much of an advantage it gives them, but it certainly allows them to kick the wheels on the narrative wagon. Already, you had Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Lincoln Riley being asked about the opening.
But jaw-droppingly, the favorite to take over for Jackson in 2019 per new odds from BetOnline.ag?
Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay.
Who will be the Cleveland Browns next full time Head Coach? (@betonline_ag):— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 29, 2018
Sean McVay +200
Lincoln Riley +225
Zac Taylor +550
John DeFilippo +650
Dan Campbell +750
Brian Flores +750
Dave Toub +800
Jim Harbaugh +1200
Bill Belichick +2000
And maybe nearly as interesting is that the third-favorite is Rams Quarterbacks Coach Zac Taylor who was just promoted from assistant wide receivers coach last season after stints as offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and Cincinnati Bearcats in 2016.
I get that McBae’s a hot commodity. He turned the Rams around last year en route to being named the 2017 NFL Coach of the Year. And having pushed the Rams out to 8-0 with an early, defining call to go for out on 4th and 1 in Seattle has even upped his profile nationally. And with his roots in Ohio, I can understand these odds.
But no, dog. Just no.
Now get the hell off my property.
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