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Report: McDaniels withdraws name from Cleveland search


Usually when college coaches start taking their name out of consideration for jobs, it means it’s been offered to someone else.

But while we don’t know if the Browns are close to making a hire, we do know who won’t be their next head coach.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has “withdrawn from consideration” for the job.

Many presumed McDaniels to be the front-runner, based on his relationship with Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi. And this would sadly end the hopes of a McDaniels-Tebow reunion in Cleveland, which would have been so perfect on so many levels.

But the Browns have cast a wide net in their search for Rob Chudzinski’s replacement, with college coaches joining some of the usual suspect coordinators and off-the-beaten-path position coaches (such as Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo) on their list.

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78 Responses to “Report: McDaniels withdraws name from Cleveland search”
  1. daysend564 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:04 PM

    Well, we now know the Browns aren’t interested in signing Tebow.

  2. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jan 8, 2014 2:05 PM

    Smart move. You only get a few more years to coach with 2 of the best: BB & Brady.

    Enjoy it Josh. And soak up as much as you can.

    You have plenty of time to take over a Cleveland Browns head coaching job….they will have 4 to 5 job vacancies before Brady even retires.

  3. tjacks7 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:05 PM

    talk about your all time backfires.

  4. ingraven says: Jan 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    Translation: You want me to coach that crap of a team?

  5. bucrightoff says: Jan 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    Ouch. What does that say about your job if one of the worst coaches in recent history takes his name out of consideration?

  6. bobsnygiants says: Jan 8, 2014 2:08 PM


  7. cuda1234 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:09 PM

    Stop, already with the McDaniels-Tebow reunion stuff. Yes, McDaniels made the mistake of trading up to draft Tebow and yes, it ultimately got him fired. Also, McDaniels refused to let Tebow on the field during their time together in Denver. And New England. McDaniels clearly isn’t a fan.

  8. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    I’m getting the impression McDaniels really doesn’t know what he wants.

  9. akboot says: Jan 8, 2014 2:10 PM

    I have to agree,McDaniels and Tebow, would have been very interesting to see. If nothing else, to put the Tebow thing to bed once and for all.

  10. kingpel says: Jan 8, 2014 2:11 PM

    Whew! The Three Stooges dodged on a bullet on that one.

  11. savocabol1 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:11 PM

    It is so hard to be a Browns fan

  12. nologolover says: Jan 8, 2014 2:11 PM

    I guess Wally, Goober & Gomer are even scaring away unqualified candidates. Who will be the next target, Otis the town drunk?

  13. brownsclown says: Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    More succinct translation–Haslam to Joe Bummer-If you and Dumbardturd make me look like an idiot with this hire and I have to field another ‘three stooges’ question-your all toast!

  14. pascalswager42 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    Thank God.

    While I lean toward a proven leader in my preference, whether College or Pro, McAdoo seems intriguing as is Jay Gruden.

    Franklin would also be interesting.

    Bowles and Quinn, meh.

    Being a Browns fan is a burden I wouldn’t willingly place on my worst enemy.


  15. patriotinvasion says: Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    I think the Pats would have been fine regardless, but I like the idea of having a Belichick succession plan in place with ties to those 3 Super Bowl championships and 5 appearances (and counting?).

    I could see McDaniels as Head Coach and Jonathan Kraft as primary owner starting in ~2017. I’m good with that.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    They talked it over, thought about it, kicked it around a bit, but at the end of the day “The Four Stooges” just didn’t sound right…

  17. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 8, 2014 2:16 PM

    So you’re not going to hire me? Fine, then I shall withdraw my name from consideration.

  18. coltzfan166 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:18 PM

    This report will be denied. Last year, McDaniels said he’d “jump” at the chance to coach the Browns.

  19. jcgiant73 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:18 PM

    Pretty bad when the hometown guy won’t even consider the job.

  20. evilfrasiercrane says: Jan 8, 2014 2:19 PM

    Good move by the Browns. McDaniels showed his coaching skills in Denver by running Cutler out of town and drafting Tebow. And the sleeveless sweatshirt didn’t make anybody think he was the next Belichick. Enough said.

  21. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 8, 2014 2:20 PM

    Ben Wyatt, former 18 year old mayor of Patridge, MN opts not to take job as mayor of Cleveland. Moves to Pawnee, Indiana instead.

  22. realdealsteel says: Jan 8, 2014 2:20 PM

    This just confirms that the Browns are the same old lost franchise they’ve always been.

    They had no plan, and no hint from McDaniels agent that he would take that job.

    They just fired a one year coach and ran outside with no plan. Classic Browns.

  23. surfinbird1 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:21 PM

    No shocker here. McDaniels and Belichick were just doing the Browns a solid by giving the appearance that people were interested in the job. Both still have ties to Cleveland. Josh isn’t going anywhere. He is “in study” to be the next HC of the Pats.

  24. fatguystrangler says: Jan 8, 2014 2:21 PM

    So, in other words, Bob Stoops and the Browns brass are meeting at undisclosed location to hammer out a deal?

  25. tigersfandan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:24 PM

    I’m of the opinion that Cleveland’s rash firing of Rob Chudzinski is hurting their coaching search, as is the fact that their last three coaches have been given a combined 5 years. Aside from McDaniels, who’s drawbacks are already noted, the primary names connected to the opening have been Peyton Manning’s 35-year-old coordinator (Adam Gase) and Aaron Rodgers’ 36-year-old position coach (Ben McAdoo). Sounds like nobody really wants this job.

  26. donjuan1906 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:24 PM

    This will be one of the dullest and most boring off-seasons.

    The coaching hire will be underwhelming.

    They will sell a bill of goods about trying to get it right.

    They will not be able to pick up free agents – because of the mediocrity and uncertainty in the organization.

    Its just bad business overall.

  27. mortyglickstein says: Jan 8, 2014 2:25 PM

    Maybe they are looking to hire Bills brother, Bob Bilicheck the plumber from Queens?

    That is the same as hiring JAY Gruden

  28. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Jan 8, 2014 2:25 PM

    “can’t worry about head coaching now guys, have a game to cheat in this weekend”

  29. bradygirl12 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:27 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t want to make his wife and kids move again,even though he’s from that area. Whatever the reason,let someone else deal with that mess over in Cleveland.

  30. jerruhjones says: Jan 8, 2014 2:29 PM

    savocabol1 says:
    Jan 8, 2014 2:11 PM
    It is so hard to be a Browns fan

    Amen brother, but this time it’s a good thing! (The reason why he withdrew, not so much)

  31. brohamma says: Jan 8, 2014 2:31 PM

    “I could see McDaniels as Head Coach and Jonathan Kraft as primary owner starting in ~2017. I’m good with that.”

    Sorry, but Josh isn’t going to be the next coach in New England. Jon Gruden will take over and is just buying time behind-the-mic until BB decides to just stick with fishing and golf.

  32. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:31 PM

    Don’t want to work for a criminal owner who will leave all of you without a job in a couple of years when he goes to prison? Don’t blame him.

  33. audient says: Jan 8, 2014 2:32 PM

    Wait. You don’t mean to say that the front office didn’t have the man in their pocket before they fired Chud?

  34. clownsfan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:32 PM

    Probably the smartest coaching decision Josh has ever made.

  35. dontasemebro says: Jan 8, 2014 2:35 PM

    It would be so much easier if Banner would change the job listing from “Head Coach” to”Puppet.”

  36. schultzbrigade says: Jan 8, 2014 2:36 PM

    Josh didn’t want to be referred to as “Shemp” for the rest of his career!

  37. larryboodry says: Jan 8, 2014 2:37 PM

    He could go to Detroit, get them to dump Stafford and CJ, and make Tebow the starting QB. I think the rest of the NFC North would be cool with that.

  38. buddysguys says: Jan 8, 2014 2:37 PM

    No one wants this awful job. Who wants to work for someone you cant trust?

  39. fmlizard says: Jan 8, 2014 2:37 PM

    People don’t want to work for high turnover organizations where they are likely to be scapegoated. Surprise surprise.

  40. jr4real says: Jan 8, 2014 2:41 PM

    as bad as the browns are, they caught a break with this loser backing out!

  41. jimmyt says: Jan 8, 2014 2:43 PM

    As soon as he found out they won’t tolerate cheating he decided to stay where he is at.

  42. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 8, 2014 2:50 PM

    If I were a Browns fan, this would not disappoint me.

  43. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 8, 2014 2:52 PM

    McDaniels: I brought cheating from NE to Denver, how about to Cleveland?

    Browns: Not!

    McDaniels: Peace out, I’ll stay in NE where it’s routinely practiced and coached.

  44. tvjules says: Jan 8, 2014 2:58 PM

    When they fired Chud, you would have thought they did so because they had another guy already in mind.
    But then again… it’s the Banner/Lombardi show.

  45. ampats says: Jan 8, 2014 2:59 PM

    McDaniels is coaching a sure fire first ballot HOF QB in Brady under another first ballot HOF HC in Belichick.

  46. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 8, 2014 3:00 PM

    Brady got his wish.

  47. indytom87 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:06 PM

    “In every country they make fun of a particular city. When I was in Russia, for example, we used to make fun of Cleveland.” – Yakov Smirnoff

  48. jimbroney says: Jan 8, 2014 3:06 PM

    Father of bob mcadoo?

  49. jbaxt says: Jan 8, 2014 3:08 PM

    The browns thought it was the “Gooney rule”, when they found out the difference they cancelled Joshua and called Romeo.

  50. liquidmuse says: Jan 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    why would it be perfect? Because Tebow’s never had a losing season, no matter how bad the situation was before him? Because Tebow had a better rating than 1st round bust Brandon Weeden? Because the Browns would gladly take Tebow’s 1-1 playoff record after only 14 starts?

  51. logicaldawg says: Jan 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    Whew. That was close! We need a real coach.

  52. donmcg2012 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    Ever get the feeling nobody wants to deal with the egotistical Banner and the quick tempered Haslam? The new coach won’t be a huge name and will most likely just be a puppet regardless what gets said at the welcoming news conference. All one has to do is listen to Haslams intro of Chud a year ago and what’s been said since his firing to know Haslam and company just can’t be trusted to keep their word.

  53. ijahru says: Jan 8, 2014 3:15 PM

    When/Where did McDaniels ever say he would bring Tebow in if he became coach of the Browns?

  54. myteamcheatscuzyourteamsucks says: Jan 8, 2014 3:16 PM

    Anyone else thinks its coincidence that Belichick leaves Cleveland he wins 3 super bowls, Or heck even their own team browns leave Cleveland and they win 2 super bowls as the Ravens. An Lebron James leaves Cleveland and wins 2 rings away from there. Can you really blame the guy, Who would want to coach there your destined to lose

  55. pmars64 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:24 PM

    I don’t know who turned down who, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Browns job is one that many are staying away from. And who can blame them? Either you have to bow down to the likes of Banner/Lombardi OR, in a year’s time, you may be looking for another gig because Haslam will clean those bozos out and hire a qualified football man to run the show who, of course, will want his own coach.

    As a Browns fan, I have to say I’m really beginning to want a 1-15 type season next year so Haslam does the latter.

  56. kosarkid says: Jan 8, 2014 3:29 PM

    That’s a relief… I wonder who the 3 stooges will think they’re gonna get now.

  57. brohamma says: Jan 8, 2014 3:33 PM

    Makes you wonder if Josh was asked about his thoughts on Mangina’s poaching of New England players, in the past, and if he thought it was possible to get Mallet to follow him to “The Factory of Sadness.”

  58. pastabelly says: Jan 8, 2014 3:33 PM

    I also believe Jonathan Kraft and Bill Belichick met with McDaniels to go over the Patriots timeline. It also makes sense that Belichick will stay on as GM when McDaniels takes over to ease the transition (and to properly pick the next QB – hint Brady was a good choice by BB and Tebow was a bad choice by JM). I doubt this had much to do with McDaniels not thinking he was going to get the job.

  59. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:33 PM

    Wouldn’t mind a follow up report that said why instead of all the speculation.

  60. rovadawg says: Jan 8, 2014 3:42 PM

    Something tells me that Joe Banner is not happy with Mike Lombardi right now…

    Mike: “Trust me Joe, we should ditch Chud… We wanted McDaniels last year and now he’s ready to come on board.”

    Joe: “Well if McDaniels has been our first choice all along, it makes sense…”

    Mike: “Trust me, Joe… we will really get our guy this time!”

    Jimmy: “Curly, Moe… you guys figure out what we’re doing yet?”

  61. mediocrebob says: Jan 8, 2014 3:44 PM

    Why would anyone want to come to Cleveland after what this franchise has functioned? This franchise is a joke. I get my hopes up every year that there will be a better product. Not even playoffs. Just a better product. And they can’t figure that out.

    If youre a halfway intelligent person, You turn down the job when they contact for an interview.

  62. blantoncollier says: Jan 8, 2014 3:47 PM

    Dear Jimmy–

    Remember when Mike Dumbardi was busy whispering into your ear, ” I know I didn’t get Chud the players, but I got the right guy. I am going to deliver the best and brightest assistant to be our Head coach. Go watch my brilliant NFL Network tapes. My promises. Don’t worry, I will deliver.”

    Guess what–Dumbardi failed.

    Jimmy–you can spend all the money you want on the stadium, but the it wont matter as long as Dumbardi is running your team.


    The Fans of Cleveland.

  63. micknangold says: Jan 8, 2014 3:48 PM

    He’s a coward that wants to hide behind Belichick’s skirt. Let him.

  64. hartleechung says: Jan 8, 2014 3:51 PM

    It could have come down to money. He is in a good situation and young enough where there will be opportunities down the road. No reason to jump ship-especially if the Browns didn’t want to pay.

  65. twilson962 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:06 PM

    Man, he could’ve taken the job & still been back with the Pats in time for the playoffs next year.

  66. ballboy48 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:14 PM

    He probably looked on PFT at all the Browns fans saying that they didn’t want this guy anywhere near their team. Good for the Browns, something finally went right for their fans.

  67. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Jan 8, 2014 4:17 PM

    What’s the big deal? Someone give me a solid reason why Browns fans should be upset that this guy turned them down. Read the local polls and you will see that very few fans wanted him to begin with. In fact, there’s a sense of relief that the job wasn’t just handed to him carte blanche like Lombardi’s job was given to him.

    Sorry, no story here. Haters and those who like to pile on go ahead and make yourselves feel good by continuing to trash a city you have mostly likely never visited.

  68. drs76109 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:21 PM

    Wow – the Browns really should have thought of the consequences of letting a first year guy go (and harming a guy’s career) because no one reputable seemingly will touch this one. And I don’t blame them, either. For all the ripping people do of the Redskins owner, even he hasn’t done this.

  69. drs76109 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:23 PM

    Time for Shemp or Curley Joe to step in!

  70. citiciti says: Jan 8, 2014 4:28 PM

    Hey Jimmy-SAME OLD BROWNS!!!!You should be ashamed of the product you have asked your fan base to support,maybe just maybe you fired the wrong guy Banner does not seem to me to be doing HIS job.Just a thought.

  71. thepftpoetlivesinhismomsbasement says: Jan 8, 2014 4:29 PM

    brohamma says:
    Jan 8, 2014 2:31 PM
    “I could see McDaniels as Head Coach and Jonathan Kraft as primary owner starting in ~2017. I’m good with that.”

    Sorry, but Josh isn’t going to be the next coach in New England. Jon Gruden will take over and is just buying time behind-the-mic until BB decides to just stick with fishing and golf.

    Jon Gruden is almost irrelevant at this point as long as he’s been out of it…..and he’s certainly not coming up there in the cold. Where do you guys think guys like Cowher, Dungy, and Gruden would get their assistants at this point, an old folks home? Everyone that was an up and comer under those guys is either now coaching elsewhere at an upper level or is sitting in a retirement home. To boot, Gruden sucked when he had the reins of a team for more than a year after he took DUNGY’s talent laden team to a SB and then ran it into the ground. He’s not that bright for one, and I bet Jay Gruden is every bit better than Jon at this point.

  72. azwildcats96 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:31 PM

    Wow!! Cleveland just dodged a huge bullet!! In celebration, they will now set their river on fire.

  73. laxcoach37 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:38 PM

    Quite a few comments, but most overlooked the obvious. He is staying with the Pats to take over the reigns in 2 years. I just hope McAdoo doesn’t take it either. He needs to be the OC of the Dolphins… OK that is not obvious, but rather my wish.

  74. bumbleb572 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:41 PM

    McDaniels is the obvious heir apparent to the New England job this was just proven. I did not want Mcdaniels in Cleveland anyhow but ya know what Josh good luck in replacing a legend when he retires and his Hall of Fame QB is gone and retired as well. Trust me Boston Fan will have even less patience then cleveland fan. Anyhow good luck with that.

  75. Bronco$32&33 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:53 PM

    The browns dodged a huge bullet here. McDaniels would have found a way to make this franchise even worse.

  76. kurb21 says: Jan 8, 2014 5:59 PM

    I believe Josh is a good coach who has a bad reputation only because his personnel moves in Denver were so bad.

    Pat Bowlen should assume some fault for giving a new coach that much power.

    My hope is that Josh is the heir to Belichick and if that is the case, I am confident he can keep his head above water.

  77. cospgsmadman says: Jan 8, 2014 5:59 PM

    Browns fan you should be relieved. McDaniels would have ruined your team like he did the Broncos.

  78. bigbensucks says: Jan 8, 2014 6:49 PM

    I’m glad he turned it down. He was not the answer. Should have given Chud a chance with the right players.

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