New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels made it known Tuesday he's staying put.
"I will be here moving forward," McDaniels said on a conference call, via WEEI.com.
There had been speculation among some in the national and local media that the Browns would pursue McDaniels for their head coaching job like they had in the past during Jimmy Haslam's ownership, but the franchise did not interview the Canton McKinley High School graduate this time around with General Manager John Dorsey leading its search.
"I have had no contact with them," McDaniels said of the Browns.
McDaniels interviewed with the Green Bay Packers last week, but they have reportedly chosen former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to become their new head coach.
"The book is closed," McDaniels said about possibly interviewing for another job. "It is always a humbling experience to have an opportunity to interview with anybody for that position. I am thankful for the opportunity to meet with Green Bay. It always gives you greater insight into another organization and how they do things. It has been very educational for me every time I have gone through it. I have appreciated every single one of them. That was great, but I am completely focused on the Chargers and our season and finishing strong."
As McDaniels and the Patriots prepare to host the Los Angeles Chargers in a divisional-round playoff game Sunday, the Browns are continuing their process of hiring a coach.
So far, they have interviewed the following seven candidates (listed from the most recent interview to the oldest): Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, former Detroit Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell and Browns interim coach Gregg Williams.
Per NFL rules, the window to interview McDaniels closed with the conclusion of Sunday's wild-card games because the Patriots had a bye. The Browns let that deadline pass, knowing they wouldn't be able to talk to him until the Patriots are done with the playoffs. It was a clear sign a marriage between the Browns and McDaniels wouldn't be in the cards.
Last year, McDaniels backed out of an agreement to become the head coach of the Colts, whose GM, Chris Ballard, is a friend of Dorsey and worked with him in the front office of the Kansas City Chiefs.
McDaniels was asked whether reneging on his deal with the Colts influenced how teams viewed him as a potential head coaching candidate during this hiring cycle.
"I have no idea," he replied. "You'd have to obviously ask them if that had anything to do with anything like that. I am grateful for the opportunity that I had, but obviously more importantly thankful for the opportunity that I have here. I have said before, I think I have one of the best jobs in the world and am grateful for the opportunity to continue competing this week against the Chargers."