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Josh McDaniels reacts after the Patriots won the AFC Divisional Playoff game over the Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Josh McDaniels reacts after the Patriots won the AFC Divisional Playoff game over the Tennessee Titans. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Josh McDaniels is showing plenty of interest in the Green Bay Packers’ head coach opening. But he’s reportedly also interested in a team that hasn’t publicly shown in any interest in him: the Cleveland Browns.

According to longtime Browns beat writer Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, McDaniels is “enthusiastically interested” in the Browns’ head coach opening. Cleveland has reportedly “used back channels to indicate a mutual preliminary interest.”

Translation here seems like the Browns aren’t nearly as interested in McDaniels as he is in them. McDaniels is probably a big fan of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has a chance to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. But the Browns have yet to formally request an interview with the Patriots offensive coordinator, indicating that they’re in no hurry to show much interest themselves.

McDaniels is expected to interview with the Green Bay Packers on Friday, as is defensive play-caller Brian Flores. McDaniels also turned down a chance to interview with the Bengals. It appears that Green Bay and Cleveland are the only head coach openings that McDaniels would consider leaving the Patriots to fill.

And for now, the Browns aren’t exactly going out of their way to bring him in. That may change if the Packers decide to go in another direction with Mike McCarthy’s successor as head coach. But as usual, McDaniels is being extremely selective about where he wants to coach next. It’s likely that the Packers and Browns are the only possibilities.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.