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.
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.
OU Football: Does Lincoln Riley feel obligated to listen to NFL head coach offers? He gives three reasons why the answer is no.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) December 3, 2018
On Monday morning, Riley was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show.#Sooners https://t.co/GGi1y914i5
As we all know, never say never in football.
Riley could have a change of heart once the college football season ends.