NFL report: Josh McDaniels withdraws from consideration for 49ers job

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels works with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during a practice earlier this season.
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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expressed appreciation for the opportunity to interview with the San Francisco 49ers but says for now he will remain in New England.

He said during a conference call Monday that the decision was what’s “best for my family and myself” and that he will stay with the Patriots to focus on this year’s playoffs and finish out the season “however it turns out.”

McDaniels, who was a head coach with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010, interviewed with the 49ers during the Patriots’ bye to open the playoffs. He also interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Both McDaniels and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia have been candidates for teams with open head coaching jobs this offseason after helping lead the Patriots to 14-2 regular season.

The only other candidates remaining are Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach and former Raiders coach Tom Cable, who interviewed Sunday, and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who can’t be hired until after the Falcons season is completed.

In other coaching news:

--The Washington Redskins have interviewed Rob Ryan for their defensive coordinator position. Ryan was most recently the Buffalo Bills’ assistant head coach/defense this past season under his brother Rex. Former Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley also interviewed to be the Redskins defensive coordinator.

--Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey will not return next season. The team said they and Godsey “have mutually agreed to part ways.”

--The Tennessee Titans have hired Frisman Jackson as their new wide receivers coach and Craig Aukerman as assistant special teams coach.

--The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Michigan standout Tyrone Wheatley as running backs coach. Wheatley spent five years working for new Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and on the collegiate level at Syracuse (2010-12).

Sherman has been playing injured

Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show Monday morning that cornerback Richard Sherman played the second half of the season with an MCL injury in his knee.


Carroll told KIRO-AM that Sherman’s injury was significant and it was “stressful” for Sherman to play with the injury. Carroll did not specify which knee was injured, but said it was similar to Russell Wilson’s sprained MCL suffered early in the season in that Sherman could play with the injury. Sherman was not listed on any injury/practice report this season with a knee injury.

Carroll said he had a “big meeting” with Sherman in regards to a tumultuous season for the cornerback that included two sideline blowups during games. “He has some regrets,” Carroll said.

Jones to play through injury

Atlanta Coach Dan Quinn insisted All-Pro receiver Julio Jones will be in the lineup when the Falcons play for a spot in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, despite a lingering foot injury that limited Jones in the second half of a divisional-round victory Saturday.

Jones wasn’t in the locker room for media availability following the 36-20 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks, leading to speculation that the injury might be more serious than the Falcons were letting on.

But Quinn did his best to put all that to rest. “We’ll limit him throughout the week, and then as the week progresses, we’ll get him a little more at the end,” the coach said. “That’s the plan from last week. That will be the plan moving forward for us. He’s excited to play.”