Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns OC candidates potentially dwindling

ASHBURN, VA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Mike McDaniel of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
ASHBURN, VA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Mike McDaniel of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images) /

The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including potentially not landing two offensive coordinator candidates.

Kevin Stefanski is still working on filling out his coaching staff with the Cleveland Browns, as he still needs to fill both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions. However, those jobs could be filled by members of the San Francisco 49ers staff.

The Browns reportedly have their eyes on San Francisco’s defensive pass game coordinator Joe Woods to be the defensive coordinator. However, with the 49ers in the Super Bowl, it is highly unlikely a deal will be done until after the Super Bowl.

The 49ers also have two offensive assistants who appear to be targets for the Browns offensive coordinator position. Both Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur are viewed as two of the best up-and-coming offensive minds in the NFL, so it would make sense they are on Cleveland’s radar to fill the offensive coordinator position.

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However, today’s featured article explains why it will be difficult to land either LaFleur or McDaniel and how it could affect Cleveland’s search for an offensive coordinator.

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Report: Cleveland Browns ‘unlikely’ to land San Francisco assistants Mike LaFleur, Mike McDaniel as OC – Matthew Florjancic, WKYC.com

"“The Browns have interest in either 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur or run game coordinator Mike McDaniel to come in as offensive coordinator,” Rapoport wrote on NFL.com earlier this week. “However, official requests may not go in because both are under contract and unlikely to be allowed out to go to Cleveland.”"

Kyle Shanahan has stated in the past he does not want to hurt his coaching staff by letting go of good assistants. However, if one of his assistants would get the opportunity to be a play-caller, it could be tough for Shanahan to refuse his assistants a chance at a promotion. Kevin Stefanski has said he may not hire an offensive coordinator, but landing either LaFleur or McDaniel if they are able to leave the 49ers, could be a tough opportunity to pass up.

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Kevin Stefanski has ‘no problem waiting’ for 49ers’ Joe Woods as his DC; Bill Callahan to double as a senior advisor – Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

"“Yes, and that’s the idea behind bringing coach Callahan here,’’ Stefanski said. “He’s been there, he’s done that at the collegiate level, at the pro level, so I’m going to lean heavily on him among other guys on the staff, but coach Callahan brings a very unique perspective and I just like to be surrounded by smart people.’’"

Stefanski and the Browns have proven already they are willing to be patient, so it is not a surprise they are willing to wait for the coach they want to hire. The decision to rely on Bill Callahan as an advisor should also help Stefanski being a rookie head coach considering Callahan has practically seen it all during his coaching career.

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