ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Cleveland Browns have requested permission to interview Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.
Vanderbilt HC James Franklin, who interviewed for Texans HC job two weeks ago, has gotten requests to interview with Redskins and Browns.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2014
According to Vanderbilt’s Bio on Franklin:
“In 2011, he inherited a team that had finished 2-10 in two consecutive seasons and directed them to an appearance in the Liberty Bowl. In 2012, Franklin led the Commodores to nine wins — their most since 1915 — which included a victory in the Music City Bowl. This year, Vanderbilt defeated Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season for the first time ever and again won eight games in the regular season for the second straight year — a first since the 1920s. A win in the bowl game will give Vanderbilt two straight years of nine wins for the first time in school history.”
And apparently the success doesn’t end on the field:
“James Franklin worked for me at the Green Bay Packers. I noticed early on that he always saw the big picture. He didn’t just coach his players on the field, but saw the need for them to be accountable off the field as well. He took an interest in every aspect of their lives and coached not just the player, but the person.” – Mike Sherman, former Head Coach for Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M
We at Factory of Sadness like Franklin for one reason. Anyone that can turn around a program in the SEC (that actually makes its players attend class) has to be a great coach. Perhaps Josh McDaniels will turn down the offer should the Browns’ brass extend one today? Far too often the organization has adhered to The Peter Principle and dressed coordinators up as head coaches. So if McDaniels does turn it down, we hope Franklin gets the very next call.