Charlie Weis coached with Josh McDaniels in New England, so he can offer some insight into where the Patriots offensive coordinator may end up next season.
As for Weis' evaluation of those potential landing spots? Well, you be the judge.
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Weis, who was New England's offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2004 and won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, joined WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" radio show Friday to discuss the two apparent front-runners for McDaniels if he opts to leave the Pats this offseason and pursue a head coach job: the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.
Here's Weis' take on McDaniels' mindset:
"I don't think it's the quarterback that's going to make the decision for him. I think it's going to be more the management style, the personnel, who he feels has a better chance of winning a championship, because if he's going to take a job, he's going to take a job that he thinks in a short amount of time he can win a championship."
That's obviously Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, right?
"I don't know if on paper that's Green Bay," Weis said next.
Wait: Weis thinks the Browns could contend for a Super Bowl sooner the Packers?
Explain yourself, Charlie.
"I'm just saying, you look at the talent on these teams, and the salary cap situations on these teams and the conference these teams are playing (in)," Weis said. "Like, look at the AFC North for a second: You take away Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Forget about Le'Veon Bell. ... And tell me which team in the AFC North concerns you.
"I'm just saying, there really isn't a clear answer there."
To Weis' credit, his take isn't as far-fetched as it seems. After all, Green Bay and Cleveland both are 4-7-1 right now. Outside Rodgers, you could argue the Browns have more young talent on their roster as a result of their wealth of recent top draft picks. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is improving rapidly, so if he and McDaniels click and injuries catch up to Rodgers, who knows? Maybe Cleveland is a better option for McDaniels...
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... Or Rodgers could return to All-Pro form next season and prove all the doubters wrong by leading the Pack on a deep playoff run.
Either way, it sounds like McDaniels has several factors to consider this offseason.
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