ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that the Cleveland Browns were interviewing Kevin O’Connell to be the quarterbacks coach. On the down side, O’Connell has never coached in the NFL before and has brief playing experience. On a positive note, the 29 year old has ties with Brian Hoyer, Mike Pettine, John DeFilippo, and Johnny Manziel. With this all in mind, let’s review Kevin O’Connell’s accomplishments.

The former quarterback left his mark at San Diego State where he ranks first in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks. He was then drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2008 draft. After appearing in just two games, completing four out of six passes for 23 yards, O’Connell was cut by the Patriots in 2009. He lost his job to undrafted free agent, Brian Hoyer.

From that moment on, he bounced around the league. However, his stints with the New York Jets are most notable. During 2009, John DeFilippo was the Jets quarterbacks coach and Mike Pettine was the defensive coordinator. Pettine and O’Connell have remained friends ever since.

After the 2011 season, O’Connell was hired as a quarterback tutor for George Whitfield at Whitfield Athletix in San Diego. He worked with Johnny Manziel last offseason to prepare him for the NFL draft. After his limited rookie campaign, Manziel’s preparation and performance came under heavy criticism. If Kevin O’Connell is hired by the Cleveland Browns, it could be a sign that the organization is not ready to give up on Johnny Football. So, the question is, if hired, can O’Connell right the ship in Cleveland?

-Max Gold

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