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Josh McDaniels withdraws from San Francisco 49ers job

Josh McDaniels withdraws from San Francisco 49ers job

New England Patriots head coach Josh McDaniels has reportedly turned down a head coaching job with the San Franciso 49ers to focus on the team's playoff push.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag [Marathe] and Brian [Hampton], the people that came from the 49ers organization", McDaniels told reporters.

McDaniels may be hesitant to move his family across country, and based on the recent quick trigger the 49ers have had with head coaches he can't be blamed.

"[I'm] humbled to be included in that process". 49ers must be willing to do so with Kyle Shanahan now...49ers have no interest in re-opening their coaching search now. If Shanahan is indeed the 49ers' top choice - and with Tom Cable the only other option he better be - he will likely have an important say on who the 49ers elect to hire as their next GM. He was with the Patriots from 2001-08 (last three as offensive coordinator) before returning to the team in the same position in 2012. "I'm very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh". Though there is no indication Belichick, 64, has any intentions of leaving the sideline, McDaniels might only have one more chance as a head coach.

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The offensive line coach and assistant head coach in Seattle since 2011 has helped lead the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances, including one victory.

While many will speculate whether this means McDaniels is hanging around New England to eventually take over, it seems like he's just being smart.

With the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers having already filled their head coaching vacancies, the 49ers need to get on the stick soon and figure out their plan of action.


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