Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels decided to stick out with his job and will no longer aspire to take over as Cleveland Browns head coach.
The Browns coaching job has been described as ‘possibly his for the taking.’
McDaniels was also said to be impressed with the Browns, especially owner Jimmy Haslam, whom he had what was described as a ‘great’ conversation.
On the other hand, the Browns thought McDaniels was even more ‘likable’ than expected.
But McDaniels decided it was not the right time to make a move and replace replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after going 4-12 and finishing on a seven-game losing streak in his only season as coach.
Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland speculated that part of McDaniels’ reasoning may stem from the belief that he is ‘in line to succeed Bill Belichick with the Patriots.’
The 37-year-old McDaniels started 6-0 in in his first season as Denver Broncos head coach in 2009, only to finish 8-8. He was fired after a 3-9 start in 2010.
The Browns plan to interview current Green Bay quarterbacks coach Bob McAdoo and were also reportedly interested in Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. They have interviewed Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.