McDaniels confirms Browns interview, but won’t elaborate

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, in his first public comments since reports surfaced that the Browns wanted to interview him for their head coaching job, confirmed Monday that he met with Browns officials, but wouldn’t offer any details on where talks stood.

With the Patriots preparing for Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Colts, McDaniels said his focus is firmly on the upcoming game.

“I appreciate the question, I understand it, and I know that’s something that comes up each time this year for other coaches, and the opportunities are certainly flattering if they come up,” McDaniels said. “That being said, I’m going to try to keep my focus on the Colts and our preparation this week.

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“Like I’ve said in the past, I’m fortunate to have the job I have, I love being here, love doing what I’m doing. Each opportunity that comes along is a little different. I’m going to leave it at that, and continue to focus and put my attention and my effort into the Colts this week.”

McDaniels, a native of northeast Ohio, was rumored to be on the Browns’ head coaching short list a season ago, when they ultimately hired Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after a 4-12 season. McDaniels, who had an 11-17 record as head coach of the Broncos from 2009-10, would only confirm that an interview took place over the weekend.

“We met, and that’s about all there is at this point,” McDaniels said. “Nothing further.”