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Report: Josh McDaniels withdraws from Browns coaching search

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  January 8, 2014 02:20 PM

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FOXBOROUGH – Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who interviewed with the Cleveland Browns Saturday for their head coaching position, has essentially told the team, "Thanks, but no thanks," according to ESPN.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and other members of the front office flew to Massachusetts to interview McDaniels, and he was believed to be the front-runner for the job after an impressive showing during the day-long meeting.

During a Monday conference call, McDaniels confirmed the meeting but offered little more.

"The opportunities are certainly flattering if they come up," he said. "That being said, I am going to try to keep my focus on the Colts and our preparation this week. Like I’ve said in the past, I’m fortunate to have the job I have and I love being here. I love doing what I’m doing. Each opportunity that comes along is a little different and I’m going to leave it at that and continue to put my effort and attention into the Colts this week."

But the Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski after just one season, apparently will be looking elsewhere. Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo have also interviewed for the job.

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