Expect Browns to move fast on McDaniels

Expect Browns to move fast on McDaniels
December 29, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Josh McDaniels has withdrawn himself for consideration for the Browns coaching job.

(USA Today Sports)

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The Cleveland Browns are “absolutely” interested in Josh McDaniels as a replacement for newly-fired Rob Chudzinski, according to a league source.
 
With the Patriots having earned a first-round bye in the playoffs, McDaniels will likely be contacted soon by the Browns and General Manager Mike Lombardi.  
 
The source attributed Chudzinski’s quick dismissal to the Browns interest in getting McDaniels in for an interview this week. Assistants are cleared to interview for openings when they are on a bye.
 
Lombardi has been a fan of McDaniels for some time. McDaniels’ tenure as head coach of the Denver Broncos lasted 28 games. It was a rough ride. McDaniels first dealt Jay Cutler to the Bears two months after taking over.
 
McDaniels started hot with Denver, winning his first six games but the Broncos finished 8-8 and McDaniels benched Brandon Marshall for the final game of the season with a playoff berth on the line. McDaniels was fired after a 3-9 start in 2010.
 
He then spent 2011 as offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams but wasn’t retained when Steve Spagnuolo was dismissed.
 
McDaniels returned to the Patriots in 2012 as the offensive coordinator.
 
If McDaniels goes elsewhere, assistant coach Brian Daboll – who rejoined the team this year – is a likely replacement for McDaniels.