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07:22 AM ET 01.09 | As it turns out, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels won't be the next head coach in Cleveland. [McDaniels] took himself out of the running for the Browns job when he was told he wasn't the frontrunner, a league source told cleveland.com. McDaniels asked the Browns if he was No. 1 on their list, and was told no, the source said. It's not uncommon for coaches to take themselves out of contention when they're not sure they're going to get the job. The Browns told McDaniels, 37, that they were conducting an exhaustive search and that they planned to continue to the process. It's one that could ultimately include former head coaches, current college coaches and more NFL assistants. On Wednesday, the Browns interviewed Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo for the job in Green Bay, Wis.

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January 9, 2014  07:27 AM ET

The WHY is that players and coaches go to Cleveland to die!

January 9, 2014  07:39 AM ET

He must an excellent coach or BB never would have taken him back. Smart move on McDaniels part, he will be a HC again someday. And he should. Who knows, maybe if he is patient he is next in line right where he is.

January 9, 2014  08:00 AM ET

He also knows that Cleveland doesn't have a star QB who he can gravy train off of.

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January 9, 2014  08:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He must an excellent coach or BB never would have taken him back. Smart move on McDaniels part, he will be a HC again someday. And he should. Who knows, maybe if he is patient he is next in line right where he is.

I'm pretty sure that's his thought process as well. It could be a long wait though, and it's no guarantee.

January 9, 2014  08:13 AM ET

I would think that McDaniels would take himself out of consideration if they did have him first on the list. That would be a sign of real dysfunction.

January 9, 2014  08:14 AM ET

Just make sure you appease the Rooney Rule.

January 9, 2014  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He must an excellent coach or BB never would have taken him back. Smart move on McDaniels part, he will be a HC again someday. And he should. Who knows, maybe if he is patient he is next in line right where he is.

I think he's like most Patriot assistants: a genius at New England and a failure anyplace else. It was probably a good move by the Browns to tell him he wasn't their first choice and it was a good choice for McDaniels to end the speculation and get back to preparing for the Colts.

January 9, 2014  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm pretty sure that's his thought process as well. It could be a long wait though, and it's no guarantee.

It will be sooner then you think......when Brady quits so do's BB.

January 9, 2014  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He must an excellent coach or BB never would have taken him back. Smart move on McDaniels part, he will be a HC again someday. And he should. Who knows, maybe if he is patient he is next in line right where he is.

He may be an excellent assistant coach. But the BB coaching tree isn't exactly chock full of successful head coaches.

I will agree that he should remain patient. The guy is only 37 years old. The worst thing he can do is take a career killing job (such as Cleveland) and cement himself as an assistant coach for life.

January 9, 2014  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He may be an excellent assistant coach. But the BB coaching tree isn't exactly chock full of successful head coaches.

So far that tree has only produced rotten results.

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January 9, 2014  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It will be sooner then you think......when Brady quits so do's BB.

You don't know that.

January 9, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The WHY is that players and coaches go to Cleveland to die!

"I would never join any club that would have me as a member." -- Groucho Marx

January 9, 2014  08:31 AM ET
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my buddy's sister-in-law makes $79 every hour on the laptop.

There you go, Cleveland. Make his buddy's sister-in-law your new Head Coach.

January 9, 2014  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

You don't know that.

All the know-it-alls just love to speculate on that.

January 9, 2014  08:34 AM ET

Tim Tebow is not happy.

January 9, 2014  08:35 AM ET
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my buddy's sister-in-law makes $79 every hour on the laptop. She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $15216 just working on the laptop for a few hours. read here ....http://www.tec70.com

Right! It's always good to follow somebody that has been FIRED! GTFO!!

January 9, 2014  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He must an excellent coach or BB never would have taken him back. Smart move on McDaniels part, he will be a HC again someday. And he should. Who knows, maybe if he is patient he is next in line right where he is.

Not a bad gig in New England. Even though I dislike the Patriots, they have one of the best QBs in the game and one of the best head coaches ever. I think he needs to sit back, learn as much as he can, and continue to blow up defenses until Brady retires.

 
January 9, 2014  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Not a bad gig in New England. Even though I dislike the Patriots, they have one of the best QBs in the game and one of the best head coaches ever. I think he needs to sit back, learn as much as he can, and continue to blow up defenses until Brady retires.

Yup.

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