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Reports: Josh McDaniels withdraws from Browns search

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who interviewed with the Cleveland Browns Saturday for their head coaching position, has essentially told the team, “Thanks, but no thanks,” according to ESPN and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and other members of the front office flew to Massachusetts to interview McDaniels, and he was believed to be the front-runner for the job after an impressive showing during the day-long meeting.

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During a Monday conference call, McDaniels confirmed the meeting but offered little more.

“The opportunities are certainly flattering if they come up,” he said. “That being said, I am going to try to keep my focus on the Colts and our preparation this week. Like I’ve said in the past, I’m fortunate to have the job I have and I love being here.”

And the Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski after just one season in which he went 4-12, apparently will be looking elsewhere for a coach. Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo have also interviewed for the job.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.
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