WKYC Channel 3’s Jim Donovan and Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reported late Wednesday night that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels contacted the Browns this week and could be back in the mix in the Browns coaching search.
Minutes later, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network shot down that possibilitiy in two tweets, while acknowledging that McDaniels did call the Browns after Sunday's AFC Championship game.
McDaniels interviewed with the Browns on Jan. 4, but withdrew his name from consideration on Jan. 8 after being told he was not the front-runner, an NFL source told the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the search.
Donovan said late Wednesday that the makeup of the Patriots coaching staff is changing after Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and the changes prompted McDaniels to call the Browns and ask to be considered again.
Donovan said there are reports that the Browns didn’t take the Canton McKinley and John Carroll graduate seriously, despite the link between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Browns general manager Mike Lombardi.