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Josh McDaniels is a tease. It looks like the rest of the NFL has moved on

Josh McDaniels is a tease. It looks like the rest of the NFL has moved on
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels congratulates quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels is no longer the prettiest boy at the party. For the last half-decade, McDanielsa€™ name has been connected to almost every high-profile head coaching vacancy in the NFL. His atrocious one-and-a-half-year stint in Denver and experience leading the 31st-ranked offense in St. Louis hasna€™t deterred teams from requesting interviews with Tom Bradya€™s Whisperer. McDaniels is a hot candidate every year, regardless of his brief history of failure without Brady and extensive track record of empty flirtations.A 

But it seems like that has changed. McDaniels told reporters Tuesday the a€œbook is closeda€ on head coaching for now and he looks forward to returning to the Patriots for the 2019 season. He took one interview with the Packers, who opted to go with Sean McVay understudy Matt LaFleur. Though McDaniels was reportedly a€œenthusiastically interesteda€ in the suddenly attractive Browns job, the feeling did not appear to be mutual. Cleveland passed on interviewing McDaniels this time around, despite almost hiring him in 2013 and 2014. McDaniels, unsurprisingly, pulled himself out of the running each time. (The Browns wound up hiring offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens for the position.)A 

When it comes to the Browns job, perhaps McDanielsa€™ proclivity to spurn interested suitors worked against him.A As Tom Curran points out, the man leading Clevelanda€™s head coaching search, general manager John Dorsey, is close with Colts GM Chris Ballard. McDaniels agreed to coach the Colts last January, but abruptly pulled out following the Super Bowl, even after hiring several assistant coaches. The bait-and-switch was so off-putting, McDanielsa€™ agent quit and publicly lambasted his former client.

"My word is my bond,a€ Bob LaMonteA told Sports Business Journal. "Once you break that, there's nothing left.a€A 

You can only tease people for so long before they move onto new prospective partners who dona€™t have a history of flaking. With Bradya€™s passing numbers in decline a€“a€“ due to age, an underwhelming supporting cast, or more accurately, a combination of both a€“a€“ the Patriots no longer run the most innovative and explosive offense in the NFL. That honor belongs to high-flying teams in Kansas City and Los Angeles, which explains why seemingly anybody who's sniffed McVaya€™s farts in recent years suddenly finds himself at the top of numerous coaching lists.

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