Pats’ McDaniels: ‘Book is closed’ interviewing for open jobs

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Once the oddsmaker favorite to land the position, McDaniels now acknowledges he's never been advised he is under consideration for the Browns job.

He said he did not have any contact with the Cleveland Browns, who are considered one of the most desirable openings.

The Patriots offensive coordinator confirmed to reporters during a conference call in Foxborough on Tuesday that he's staying put in New England, and won't be pursuing a head coaching job elsewhere. He's already interviewed with the Packers and turned down a request from the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Green Bay Packers started things off when they hired Matt Lafleur as their replacement for Mike McCarthy.

"The book has closed", McDaniels said, later adding that he's focused on this weekend's playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers - and beyond.

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Though Ohio State fans would gladly remind you that the Buckeyes put up 62 points in a 23-point win in November. Hired last offseason by Jim Harbaugh, he coached the Viper position and was one of the team's key recruiters.

As a high-profile coordinator with the Patriots, McDaniels has had many rounds of head coach interviews in recent years.

Both CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reported that Baylor University head coach Matt Rhule is the favorite to land the Jets' head-coaching gig.

Arizona had just fired Steve Wilks after one year.

Along the way, of course, there was the weird scenario last February when McDaniels was in position to take over head coaching duties in Indianapolis only to back out at the last moment, leaving the Colts at the altar to remain with the Patriots. In November, Mahomes said that Kingsbury "has the work ethic and he has the mind and he has the innovativeness, I guess you would say - if that's a word - to be in this league". Once again it seems the Patriots lucked out with McDaniels not getting the Packers job. The Patriots offensive coordinator was asked if he anticipated any additional interviews, and his answer was pretty definitive.

TIGHT END Jacob Hollister was placed on injured reserve by New England on Tuesday and tight end Stephen Anderson was promoted from the practice squad.