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Bowles withdraws from Browns search

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has pulled himself out of the running for the Cleveland Browns head coaching search, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.

Bowles interviewed with the Browns on Jan. 3 in Cleveland but changed his mind during the last 11 days, in large part because he simply didn’t want the job, according to ESPN NFL Nation Browns reporter Pat McManamon.

Bowles has said throughout the season that he wouldn’t take any head coaching job just to become a head coach. It had to be the right situation. After their meeting, the Browns told John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, that Bowles was “strong and likeable” and “showed great leadership skills.”

On Jan. 5, Bowles interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings but as of Tuesday morning a second interview with the team had not been scheduled, Wooten said. Minnesota interviewed Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Tuesday afternoon.