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49ers run-game coordinator Mike McDaniel
The Cleveland Browns wide search for their next head coach could also lead the Browns to interview younger minds who could be head coach candidates in years to come. One of those coaches is Mike McDaniel, who is seen as one of the brightest offensive minds in all of football.
The Browns are reportedly interested McDaniel, but after reports they requested to interview the 36-year-old, the Browns have yet to set up a head coaching interview. It is unknown if Cleveland will end up interviewing McDaniel for the position.
McDaniel is a graduate of Yale and has worked under Kyle Shanahan since 2011. He has worked as a wide receivers coach, offensive assistant, and run-game coordinator under Shanahan. McDaniel was the Browns wide receivers coach in 2014.
Former Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins played one season under McDaniel, and he believes McDaniel is an “offensive guru” and he understands offensive football like no one else.
With McDaniel as the 49ers run-game coordinator, San Francisco had the second-best rushing offense in 2019. The 49ers averaged 144.1 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. San Francisco has improved their rushing offense in the two seasons since McDaniel’s first year in the role.