Posted January 08, 2014

Josh McDaniels removes himself as candidate for Browns’ job, per report

AFC East, AFC North, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots
Josh McDaniels returned to New England in 2012 after stints with the Rams and Broncos.

Josh McDaniels returned to New England in 2012 after stints with the Rams and Broncos. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

With the Cleveland Browns coaching job possibly his for the taking, Josh McDaniels has decided to stay put. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that McDaniels has “withdrawn from consideration” for the Browns’ gig, which came available after Rob Chudzinski was fired last week.

“One person who knows Josh McDaniels said he had ‘an awesome’ meeting with Browns,” Schefter tweeted, “but it isn’t right time for him to become a head coach.”

The 37-year-old McDaniels delivered a short roller-coaster ride of a regime with the 2009 and ’10 Broncos. Denver started 6-0 in McDaniels’ first season, only to finish 8-8; he was fired after a 3-9 start to the subsequent year.

After a one year stop as the Rams’ offensive coordinator, McDaniels returned to New England just in time for the 2012 playoffs and inherited the offensive coordinator gig from Bill O’Brien the following season.

He’s apparently in no rush to leave the role — 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 61-year-old Belichick has given no indication that he’s nearing the end of the line, but if all goes well with McDaniels between now and then, such a move may make sense for New England.

Cleveland, meanwhile, has to go back to the drawing board.

The NFL Network reported Tuesday that the franchise planned to interview current Green Bay quarterbacks coach Bob McAdoo. Previously, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles interviewed for the job.

There also have been rumors that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops could be on the Browns’ radar. Stoops has played coy on the subject, offering a “You never know” when asked last week. The Associated Press reported, however, that the Browns are not interested in Stoops.

McDaniels’ decision to pass on the Browns’ position ought to put a kibosh on the notion of Cleveland signing Tim Tebow — McDaniels was headed into his second year with the Broncos when Tebow was drafted, then pushed Tebow into the lineup for three starts in 2010.

Ryan Mallett’s name also came up as a possible answer to the QB riddle in Cleveland, should McDaniels have landed there. Currently Tom Brady’s backup in New England, Mallett obviously has extensive experience working with McDaniels.

48 comments
RickDesper
RickDesper

After watching  Josh McD call a pass to Matthew Slater on 3rd down yesterday, is there any chance that he might reconsider?  Patriots fans want to wish him well on his next venture.


The dread fear is that he's being groomed to be Belichick's replacement.  

Thomas15
Thomas15

mcdaniels is a fraud and he knows it. In new england it's all about ERNIE ADAMS in brady's ear on their 2nd frequency past the NFL's 15 second limit. They won the SB one year with no coordinators at all right? And this year they have 4 guys OFF THE STREET and go 12-4 and 8-0 at Home? When will the parrots who've been trained to squak "GENIUS!!" every time they hear 'bellichek' put 2-and-2 together? 

George
George

I was hoping he'd go for it.  I was looking forward to watching him screw up some more in Cleveland.

Guess he's too chicken to get off the Belichick t-i-t at this point.


Terrible coach that loses the locker room halfway through the season.

RosaNosabe
RosaNosabe

Really? That was Tebow's best chance to land a job. Tsk tsk.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I hear some guy named Chudzinski is available.  

DiegoCerda419
DiegoCerda419

As a non Browns fan, I believe this team will need a tremendous motivator.  Someone who's gonna inspire the hell out of the team  to fight for wins.  Make them fight for something in spite of bad ownership, market and talent and personally, I  do not believe this type of coach exists in the NFL today.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

There are organizations to avoid at all costs. Cleveland is one of them. Very smart move.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Cleveland won huge with tiny Josh McDaniels getting out of town.

x72
x72

This is spectacular news for the Browns org and Browns fans. I mean, this idiot drafted Tim Tebow in the 1st freakin round.

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

It's going to take a special situation to get a coach into Cleveland.  When you have the ownership turmoil Jimmy H created upon buying the team, then a Prez/GM duo that was selling the players out from under the 1st year coach in-season only to fire the 1st year coach at the end of a rebuilding season.  If you are a person of interest to the Browns, and you are in a good and stable organization (college or pro), you are opening the door marked Chaos.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Josh Midget McDaniels is a rear end kissing inferior football coach.  The kid was terrible when he tried to play the game. No one can stand McDaniels anywhere he has been at.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Ending Tebow's chances to be an NFL QB next season.

dandogwood
dandogwood

The Browns were not going to hire that midget McDaniels.  McDaniels is terrible and even hated in Canton OH his home town.

ianlinross
ianlinross

I'm sure Josh is a well-compensated OC. He has age on his side and HC experience. He should be in no hurry to cut ties with the Pats unless it's a job he couldn't say no to.

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

Cleveland will always be linked to Bill Belichick.  Even though it's a "different team", I believe BB talked McDaniels out of it, because of the situation he was in before the original team moved to Baltimore.

GrogChe
GrogChe

Wow, that could possibly be the best news to hit Cleveland all year.

jim1096
jim1096

Who is Josh McDaniels kidding? He's the same guy that drafted Tebow in the 1st round! LOL!! He's a joke and knows that his only shelter from ineptitude is hiding in Bill's shadow. 

mishmosh2000
mishmosh2000

...proving once again that the Browns front office is inept.  If you can't do better than Chud et al., you shouldn't have fired them.  No legitimate coach will want to come to Cleveland.

Bucky182
Bucky182

They'd have to hire Urban Meyer to get Tim Tebow on the roster.

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

The month-to-month contract the Browns offered was the deal-killer.

ChiefG
ChiefG

Watch more potential coaches pull out of the running to coach Cleveland.

Coaches want majority control of the team they coach, this isn't going to happen in Cleveland.

Besides, who wants to have to watch their backs if they don't have a good first season? 

Just ask Chud

6marK6
6marK6

Come on Josh, they would have given you one year to prove yourself. 

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

McDaniel's was never taking this job.  He realizes that this is his last head coaching opportunity and therefore will only leave the Patriots for a team that has some core building blocks.  Cleveland is arguably in the worst shape out of all the teams seeking coaches.  They have a WR, TE and LT worth building around, but are in rough shape everywhere else.  No QB, No RB, average defensive players etc.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Smart move considering who owns the Browns.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

As good of an owner as Mr. Kraft is, coaching the Pats after Belichick is no sure thing.


A great QB is needed to do well consistently and there is a chance that Belichick and Brady retire at the same time.


I'm thinking Pop in San Antonio goes out when Duncan does too.


Of course the Browns don't have a QB and on top of that, they're the Browns!

Ray1950
Ray1950

@dandogwood  Other than commenting on your destruction of the English language ("anywhere he has been at'), I'd like to know what you have done with your life? Josh is working in the NFL and you're sitting at your computer, mocking him.  


Please let us all know how YOUR interview with the Cleveland Browns turns out. 

pval
pval

@dandogwood...except in NE where he seems to do a pretty decent job....DUH !

mkmck69
mkmck69

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pval
pval

@dandogwoodWhat happened to you ? Did he refuse to sign an autograph to you. ? ..Oww poor thing... I'm sure your mama baked you a nice cake to make it all right....

mkmck69
mkmck69

@ianlinross He also has young kids in school...he may want to stay in one place for a while instead of uprooting his family again, especially for that job. He has it made in NE, BB and Brady love him, and as you said, he's probably well paid.

tonybot3
tonybot3

@NFL_Madness Interesting theory, but i dont' think so... Belichick had to deal with Art Modell.  It was the same team in name only... If anything, McDaniels knows more about the Browns than Belicheck does, having grown up rooting for them.

beast
beast

@jim1096 Denver got their money's worth from Tebow. Who knows what would've happened if Manning hadn't went there. 

NFL_Madness
NFL_Madness

@jim1096He was also the driving force behind the Patriots historic 18-1 season and Tom Brady's record braking 50 TDs, most points scored in a season.  He is a good OC but was too young when hired by Denver.

cudatom73
cudatom73

@mishmosh2000  exactly, who would want to come here after the latest fiasco. There is a reason Kelly didnt come here last yr. I'd be willing to bet he didnt want to work w/Lombardi and Banner.  I'm sure during the meeting McDaniels realized he would have little control over the draft, personel and assistant coaches. 

George
George

@PhillyPenn @x72  absolutely not.  Tebow was josh's fiasco.

Elway wanted Tebow gone, but Tebow keep winning games in the 4th quarter.


Even with that going on, when asked if Tebow was the "solution at quarterback" Elway immediately responded with a direct and firm "No."


bawgs
bawgs

@pval@dandogwood Must be tough being the offensive coordinator for Belichick and Brady. Apparently everyone who's had that job since Brady was there has been a great coordinator.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@tonybot3 @NFL_Madness A kid who grew up rooting for the team knows more about them than the guy who was the HC for 5 years? Are you high?

tonybot3
tonybot3

I guarantee i know about the Cleveland organization than Bill Belicheck. Yes.  Nothing that Bill was involved in, is still intact, other than the colors and logo.