Josh McDaniels removes himself as candidate for Browns’ job,

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has “withdrawn from consideration” for the Browns open manager job.

“One person who knows Josh McDaniels said he had ‘an awesome’ meeting with Browns,” Schefter tweeted, “but it isn’t right time for him to become a head coach.”

The 37-year-old McDaniels delivered a short roller-coaster ride of a regime with the 2009 and ’10 Broncos. Denver started 6-0 in McDaniels’ first season, only to finish 8-8; he was fired after a 3-9 start to the subsequent year.

After a one year stop as the Rams’ offensive coordinator, McDaniels returned to New England just in time for the 2012 playoffs and inherited the offensive coordinator gig from Bill O’Brien the following season.

He’s apparently in no rush to leave the role, and there is speculation in New England that McDaniels could be in line to replace the 61-year old Bill Belichick when he eventually retires.

So where does the McDaniels decision leave Cleveland?

The NFL Network reported Tuesday that the franchise planned to interview current Green Bay quarterbacks coach Bob McAdoo. Previously, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles interviewed for the job.

There also have been rumors that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops could be on the Browns’ radar. Stoops has played coy on the subject, offering a “You never know” when asked last week. The Associated Press reported, however, that the Browns are not interested in Stoops.

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