Josh McDaniels withdraws name from Browns' coaching search

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McDaniels withdraws name from Browns' search

According to a report by ESPN, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has withdrawn his name for consideration for the Cleveland Browns' coaching position.

McDaniels recently confirmed that he had interviewed with the Browns -- a talk that reportedly lasted just under eight hours.

ESPN cited McDaniels saying that his meeting with the team was "awesome" and that his conversation with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was "great."

However, McDaniels' decision was made based on him not yet ready to leave the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady or head coach Bill Belichick.

Some reports had McDaniels at the of the Browns' wish list to fill the void left by the firing of Rob Chudzinski, who went 4-12 in his first year in Cleveland in 2013.

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the meeting says the Browns interviewed Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo on Wednesday.

McAdoo, who emerged as a surprise candidate in recent days, met with Browns officials in Green Bay, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicizing information about the search. The 36-year-old McAdoo spent the past two seasons working with Aaron Rodgers, who gave his position coach a strong endorsement.

-- Staff and wire report

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