I know that the narrative, for now, is that the Cleveland Browns should bring in a young, offensive-minded coach like Matt Nagy or Sean McVay. This would greatly benefit quarterback Baker Mayfield. But, I think what Mayfield showed in his rookie season was more than enough to believe he is well on his way — with or without a so-called quarterback guru coming in to help.
Looking at the Browns this past year, the improvement was evident on both sides of the ball. At 7-8-1, Browns fans have much to be excited about in their future. That record means more than just wins and losses. Take, for example, the defense.
Cleveland finished second in the NFL — second in the NFL — in total takeaways, only to the Bears. They racked up 17 interceptions and 14 fumbles recovered, for a total of 31 turnovers forced.
The youthful playmakers are all over the place, from Myles Garrett to Denzel Ward and everybody in between. This defense is ready to take the step into the upper echelon of the NFL. All it needs is the right guy leading the way.
That’s where Fangio comes in. If Cleveland was smart, they’d be one of the teams in on Fangio for their head coaching vacancy. At the very least, I think he will end up getting an interview with the Browns. From there, who knows what kind of connection might be made.