Apparently, that was all it took for him to decide against joining the organization.
McDaniels interviewed with the Browns to become their new head coach, but according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he is no longer interested in the vacant position.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has withdrawn from consideration for the Cleveland Browns HC job, per a league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2014
One person who knows Josh McDaniels said he had “an awesome” meeting with Browns, but it isn’t right time for him to become a head coach. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2014
There are plenty of reasons why McDaniels may have decided he was not interested.
Cleveland’s roster lacks significant talent. Outside of receiver Josh Gordon, tight end Jordan Cameron, cornerback Joe Haden, tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack, the Browns could upgrade at nearly every other position.
In addition, the organization gave up on running back Trent Richardson after one season, plus fired coach Rob Chudzinski after one year. That is not the stable environment worth leaving New England, especially if McDaniels believes he could coach the Patriots after Bill Belichick’s eventual departure.
Besides, Cleveland is the same organization that once fired Belichick.
Seemingly, that is all McDaniels needed to know about Cleveland.
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