McDaniels turns down 49ers job to remain with Patriots

By Arthur Weinstein 16 January 2017
McDaniels turns down 49ers job to remain with Patriots

Josh McDaniels has turned down the head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers to remain as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator.

McDaniels had emerged as a leading candidate for the position but reportedly held concerns about moving his family across the country to take the helm of a team that has churned through three head coaches in three seasons.

"They [the 49ers] did a great job with their presentation," McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters.

"[I'm] humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

"I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for [Patriots owner] Mr. Kraft and his family and coach under Bill [Belichick], with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day.

"It's a great opportunity, very thankful to be here, and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh [Steelers in the AFC Championship game]."

McDaniels has served as a head coach once before in his career, going 12-16 in his tenure with the Denver Broncos, which was brought to an end in 2010 as he failed to see out two full seasons.

The 40-year-old McDaniels had previously interviewed for the head coaching positions with the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kyle Shanahan is now the favourite for the 49ers job, with San Francisco reported to be "honing in" on the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator.

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