He hasn’t quite pulled a Nick Saban, but Josh McDaniels has come close on the subject of possibly leaving the Patriots to take over the Browns.
“Well, I’ll definitely be here,” McDaniels told reporters on Tuesday when addressing the decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the Browns job.
At least one league insider thinks there’s still a chance that McDaniels won’t be in New England in 2014, and that as the Browns’ coaching search continues to meander, the guy who reportedly pulled his name once he was told he wasn’t the front runner could still become the front runner.
For now, McDaniels will focus on preparing to face the franchise that fired him during his second season as head coach. And with his official position being that he’ll be back next year, the coaches and the players won’t have to worry about being asked a bunch of questions about whether McDaniels will become the third Belichick assistant to become the head coach of the first NFL team Belichick coached.
And if the Browns eventually decide to offer McDaniels a large pile of money to become a head coach once again, McDaniels could have a tough decision to make.