A new name has surfaced in the Cleveland Browns coaching search.
ESPN’s Ed Werder and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report the Browns will interview Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo on Wednesday.
The Browns are not commenting on interviews.
As for McAdoo ... think back to the halcyon days of Chris Palmer and Dwight Clark and Carmen Policy.
In 1999, the Philadelphia Eagles interviewed a relatively unknown Green Bay assistant coach who had been the Packers tight ends coach before becoming the quarterback coach. The Eagles Executive Vice President at the time: Joe Banner. Philadelphia’s hire -- Andy Reid -- wound up coaching 14 years in the City of Brotherly Love.
McAdoo -- you guessed it -- was tight ends coach for six seasons in Green Bay before become quarterback coach in February of 2012.
The Browns CEO at this time: Banner.
Of course being the quarterback coach meant McAdoo worked with Aaron Rodgers, which helps any coach. But the Packers made the playoffs this season even though Rodgers missed seven weeks with a broken collarbone. In those games, Green Bay started Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn.
McAdoo is a youngish-looking 36, and has never worked above the position coach level at any level of coaching, which prompted one NFL Insider to opine: “Ben McAdoo is a good young coach, but he is many years away from being ready to be a head coach. In a division with John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, and Marvin Lewis, the Browns simply cannot re-start with Ben McAdoo."
McAdoo is from the Pittsburgh area, and coached at Michigan State, Fairfield and Pitt before making a cameo at Akron. He was hired there in 2004, but stayed only through recruiting before moving on to the New Orleans Saints. He had a similar experience at Stanford in 2005 where he stayed through recruiting before joining the 49ers staff.
McAdoo seems to have been mentored by Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who hired him in New Orleans, San Francisco and Green Bay.