CLEVELAND — As of 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night, there were no puffs of smoke coming from 76 Lou Groza Blvd, indicating that there is a new head coach announcement coming.
Make no mistake however, Freddie Kitchens is going to be the man and is already working on piecing together his new staff.
Today, we heard about four people being reported to be coming to Cleveland for interviews.
More may be on the way.
First things first, when doing research on Jim Bob Cooter this afternoon, I loved the clipping that my photojournalist pals Sean Forester and Carl Bachtel dug up from the Detroit Free Press. When Cooter was introduced as the Lions' offensive coordinator, he was described as bright, gruff, and lovable.
"That's what I want on my tombstone," Carl said.
Sean reached out on Twitter to our friends at GV Artwork suggesting a potential T-shirt with those admirable qualities!
Jim Donovan and I discussed these candidates, including Chuck Pagano, who like Jimmy is a proud survivor of leukemia. Pagano was with the Browns in the early 2000s, serving on Butch Davis' staff.
As Freddie Kitchens navigates the sometimes-rough waters of being an NFL head coach for the first time, it wouldn't hurt to have someone on his staff who has some experience in that department.
Plus, like Pagano, Kitchens is an overcomer. I think it would make for a very good partnership.
King Midas McVay
One other thing Jimmy and I discussed on Thursday was the report that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to hire Rams QB coach Zac Taylor to be their head coach once Los Angeles is done with the playoffs.
Man, all I have heard since the start of the NFL coaching search is how much of a GENIUS Sean McVay is and how every team wants to get a 'McVay.'
The Cardinals even made mention of the fact that their new head coach Kliff Kingsbury is 'a friend' of McVay in their introductory release!
Pump the brakes, folks.
McVay has done a terrific job turning the perennial-mediocre Rams into a playoff team. Remember when Hard Knocks featured L.A. in 2016 with Jeff "7-9 BS" Fisher? Things have clearly changed as the 32-year-old, McVay has been able to bring out the best in his players, especially QB Jared Goff.
The sky is the limit. But they haven't even won a playoff game yet.
Can we wait until then to crown him as the next genius?
Watch the Donovan Live Postgame Show in the player above