- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The hiring of St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as head coach in Cleveland might open the door for former Denver coach Josh McDaniels with the Rams.
There has been reports that McDaniels would be the top candidate to replace Shurmur if he went to Cleveland. Now that it has happened, it could mean McDaniels is St. Louis bound. Like Shurmur and the Cleveland brass that hired him, McDaniels is represented by agent Bob Lamonte. So, there is a chance McDaniels easily could slide into the St. Louis job.
McDaniels, who was fired in December after 28 games in Denver, would likely covet the St. Louis job. He has been looking for a stable situation where he could go and flourish in an attempt become a desirable head-coaching candidate within the next couple of years.
The Rams are a growing program with young quarterback Sam Bradford. McDaniels has had great success with coaching quarterbacks, and Bradford could greatly benefit from working with McDaniels.
Meanwhile, it’s being reported that Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is not expected to return. It has been reported that Ryan could be a candidate in Oakland either as head coach, or defensive coordinator if the Raiders promote offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach.
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