The Cleveland Browns still need a new head coach for 2019. Gregg Williams has been the interim man in charge after Hue Jackson was fired, but no full-time successor has been named.
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is one of the hottest names in coaching right now. Riley has helped the Sooners to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances and has been linked to the Browns and Packers’ coaching vacancies.
Riley also has a significant tie to Cleveland, as he coached Baker Mayfield in college. So, is there any chance Baker would plant the seed in his former coach’s mind?
No, Mayfield says, at least not yet. He told the media that while Riley has ‘been ready” to be an NFL head coach, he hasn’t spoken to him about the Browns job.
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Asked if Riley would potentially jump to the professional ranks, Mayfield thinks it will happen eventually.
“I think down the road probably,’’ said Mayfield. “But like I said, right now I’m not going to speak for him, but he’s ready whenever that time comes.’’
Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Riley in 2017. He has thrown for 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions thus far as a rookie.