After an impressive playoff win, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus may be the new favorite to land the Cleveland Browns coaching job
The Cleveland Browns are taking their time with their head coaching search, which is an incredibly wise thing to do considering some of the candidates are still showing what they can do in the postseason. And one potential player in the game showed up big time on Saturday in the Wild Card Round.
Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was calling the plays against one of the hottest offenses in the NFL as his team took on Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. And they came up with a huge 21-7 win.
While the Colts looked good on offense, it was the defense that stood out as they limited DeAndre Hopkins — one of the best receivers in the NFL — to just 37 yards. Watson also struggled as he gained 235 yards through the air on 49 pass attempts.
As for the Browns, they seemed to have taken notice as Dustin Fox tweeted out that the team is ‘very interested’ following the performance.
Eberflus is no stranger to the area as he coached Browns linebackers in 2009 and 2010. After that, he headed to Dallas where he held the same position with the Cowboys until this season when he joined Frank Reich’s staff in Indy. Although, that nearly wasn’t the case as Eberflus was originally hired by Josh McDaniels, who then backed out of the job.
Keeping Eberflus worked out well for Reich, and now the young defensive coordinator is in the mix for the same job as McDaniels this season.
With his latest victory, the 48-year old defensive specialist may have put his name atop the list of potential candidates. Adding him, and possibly keeping Freddie Kitchens as the offensive coordinator doesn’t sound like a bad option at all for the Browns.