Report: Josh McDaniels withdraws from Browns job search

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Josh McDaniels reportedly will stay in New England next season. (USATSI)
Josh McDaniels reportedly will stay in New England next season. (USATSI)

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While the Patriots were on their playoff bye week, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviewed for the open Browns head coaching job.

On Wednesday, though, McDaniels withdrew from consideration for the job, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

That's probably a good call by McDaniels. While the Patriots offense is always a strong unit when McDaniels coordinates it -- to be fair, it's also a strong unit when he hasn't coordinated it as well -- it's hard to forget the disastrous run he had as the Broncos head coach when he lost 17 of his past 22 games and embroiled the organization in an embarrassing cheating scandal.

Another failed head-coaching tenure so soon after Denver might knock him out of any other potential head-coaching jobs for the rest of his career.

On the other hand, the Browns organization -- which also has reported interested in Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and has interviewed Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo -- has been a disaster since the franchise returned to the land of the living in 1999.

The team just fired coach Rob Chudzinski after one season, and owner Jimmy Haslam has plenty of legal problems at the moment. The organization, simply put, is in disarray, and Cleveland probably was not the place for McDaniels to resurrect his head-coaching career.

Which leaves Browns fans still pining for the days of Butch Davis.

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