Earlier today Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would love to coach the Cleveland Browns.
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe believes McDaniels would leave after only being back with the Patriots for one season.
Would he leave after just one season? Yes, if it was the right situation. A Banner-Lombardi-McDaniels trio, McDaniels being a born-and-bred Ohioan, and a chance to rebuild where the Bill Belichick tree was first planted, would be factors that would likely get a blessing from Belichick.
Bedard also claims that if McDaniels ends up in Cleveland, Patriots back up quarterback Ryan Mallett may come with him.
One more log to throw on the fire: those two initial sources said that if Lombardi and McDaniels indeed team up in Cleveland, the chances are good that they will attempt to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and install him as the franchise quarterback. Brandon Weeden would be out, or in a backup role.