Report: McDaniels wanted Browns job, was a candidate to the end

AP

Shortly after Josh McDaniels withdrew his name from consideration for the Browns’ head-coaching job, a report surfaced that said he and the Browns were still talking. Now a new report suggests that McDaniels wanted the Browns job and was a candidate right up until the point that they hired Mike Pettine.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that within about 24 hours after McDaniels withdrew his name from consideration, he called the Browns and said he wanted the job. Cabot further reports that McDaniels remained in the mix until January 23, the day the Browns hired Pettine.

The report also says Patriots coach Bill Belichick was in touch with the Browns, and was vouching for McDaniels to the very end.

It’s unclear exactly why McDaniels went from the Browns’ supposed top choice, to not in the running at all, to a finalist who lost out to Pettine. But he’ll spend at least one more year as offensive coordinator of the Patriots, rather than heading to Cleveland.