​The Cleveland Browns had​ a head start in their head coaching search after firing Hue Jackson over a month ago. Cleveland is looking for a candidate who can fully take advantage of the skill set of young quarterback Baker Mayfield.


One name that has been discussed is Mayfield's coach at Oklahoma, ​Lincoln Riley.


While it is unknown if Riley would make the jump, Mayfield said that he's "been ready" to coach at the professional level. At the same time, though, the rookie QB made it clear he's not recruiting his coach to join him. 

​​"Lincoln’s been ready, it’s just who he is and how he coaches and the respect level he’s had from all of his players, how detailed he is," said Mayfield. "Yeah, he’s ready but that’s his decision and you know what, he’s got something special there so I don’t think anybody is going to blame him if he stays there for the next 20 years."


What has added fuel to the fire is that Browns general manager John Dorsey was in attendance for the Sooners' past two games against West Virginia and Texas, respectively.


While Riley does have the chops to make it in the NFL, he doesn't feel the pressure to make the jump. During an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, Riley said he's not compelled to listen to offers because he has "one of the best jobs in the world" with the Sooners.

As we all know, never say never in football. 


Riley could have a change of heart once the college football season ends. But for now, Riley is focused on leading the Sooners to victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl.