How the Browns, Bengals and Redskins are linked in coaching search

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Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

One thing is for sure: New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator likely won’t be leaving Boston this year. McDaniels has withdrawn from consideration for the Browns’ head-coaching job, according to ESPN.

"A person who knows McDaniels told ESPN the coach had an “awesome” meeting with the Browns but that it is not the right time for him to make a move. McDaniels enjoys his job working with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick too much to leave New England at this time, according to the source."

That means the Browns will likely increase their efforts to get James Franklin, and if they can outmaneuver the Redskins for his services, that increases the chances that the Bengals will lose Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden.

That is because the Browns have no interest in interviewing Zimmer or Gruden, while the Redskins are interested in both of them. At the end of the day on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the likelihood of either Gruden and/or Zimmer leaving Cincinnati it as high as it’s ever been since both became part of the same staff in 2011.

If I were a betting man, I’d bet one of them was gone by this time next Wednesday.

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