On Monday morning at 9:56 am, Adam Schefter tweeted the last five Cleveland Browns head coaches were all fired after the second game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 11:49 am, he tweeted the Browns had once again fired their coach after their second meeting between them and the Steelers. This is not only good news to Browns fans but to fantasy owners of Baker Mayfield and Co.
Players like David Njoku and Jarvis Landry have seen a big boost to there numbers since Mayfield had become the starter. Njoku had been as high as the TE5 with Mayfield, and Landry finally found the end zone twice.
The team also let go of play caller and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, with running backs coach Freddie Kitchens taking over. Kitchens had the opportunity to call plays in the Browns final preseason game against Detroit where they arguably had their best results. That should also be good short-term news for fantasy players in redraft leagues. For players in dynasty its yet to be seen if he will be kept on past this year or if the new coach will bring in his own staff.
Like any situation, there are always good, bad, and best outcomes. These aren’t necessarily the best options for the team itself but for fantasy owners and their future success.
Best Case Scenarios
Lincoln Riley, Head Coach, University of Oklahoma
This absolutely one hundred percent would be a dream hire for both the fans and fantasy players. Riley was Baker Mayfield's coach while he was in Norman during Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy season. Former Sooner wide receiver and current Jacksonville Jaguar Dede Westbrook also was a Heisman finalist under his watch. In his tenure of being both offensive coordinator and head coach at Oklahoma, he has produced phenomenal offensive numbers having there worst finish being 7th overall in total offense. If they can lure Riley away from his comfortable $4.8 million at Oklahoma then the scoring and fantasy points will be in surplus.
Mike McCarthy, Head Coach, Green Bay Packers
It seems every year there are moans and groans from the Packer faithful about McCarthy’s job security. McCarthy has won a Super Bowl and has produced several top-notch fantasy options during his tenure at Green Bay. He has helped players such as Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, and countless others. He especially played an integral part in Davante Adams blossoming into the fantasy stud he has become. We could look forward to maybe Antonio Callaway eventually making the same type of leap under his watch. He hasn’t had a top fantasy running back during his tenure but I also don’t think he has had a running back as talented as Nick Chubb at his disposal. Regardless he is a fantastic offensive mind and a good friend of John Dorsey from his time spent in Green Bay.
Worst Case Scenarios
Jeff Fisher, Former Titans and Rams Head Coach
Fisher is most notable nowadays for his tangent several years ago when the Rams were featured on Hard Knocks and saying his team will not be “7-9” anymore. Even with a rookie Jared Goff, veteran Case Keenum and fantasy powerhouse Todd Gurley at his disposal, he somehow made that team a wasteland for players. Gurley had a severe sophomore slump and Goff suffered from a poor staff hindering his growth. Rams fans should be thankful Sean McVay came around when he did or we might be writing the same article for the Rams. If you own any Browns in fantasy and Jeff Fisher somehow were to be hired I could not advise you to sell fast enough.
Gregg Williams, Current Interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
While Williams may be a good hire if you play in an IDP only league, he is not a good hire for anyone playing in a league where offense matters. This is a young Browns offense where the oldest offensive starter is just 25 years old. Having an offensive minded coach is critical to the success of the pieces on the team fantasy wise. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of hot names to be future offensive coordinators. However, if somehow he can convince an established name like McDaniels to come to Cleveland that would be special. If Williams can have a winning record the rest of this year he may be kept on past this offseason. At which point barring the hiring of a great offensive coordinator, it may be time to panic baring Kitchens shows he a offensive savant then I would hold.
Sean McVay, Current Los Angeles Rams Head Coach
When Odds Shark tweeted out today the odds on who would be the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns the name at the top of that list was surprising. Sean McVay opened at +200 in which case he fits the mold as the perfect dream candidate. We have all seen what he has done for Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. We know he utilizes all his receivers, supporting three of them enough to be fantasy starters every week. While the current Rams offense does not feature the tight end due to embarrassment at riches at wide receiver, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis were both fantasy assets during McVay's time in Washington. While Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee may turn out to eventually be good players, David Njoku has shown the potential for Reed level dominance with way more talent than anyone the Rams have at the position. With his perfect offensive mind paired with a young and growing offense, the results could be scary and make every piece a must own.
Any suggestions I missed? Any candidates you either agree with or disagree with? Be sure to comment below or find me on Twitter @DHH_Mandrew and let me know.