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Josh McDaniels: I’m trying to do my best in job I have now

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We have five confirmed head coaching vacancies around the NFL at the moment and we’re still waiting to find out whether the Cardinals and Chargers will make it seven by parting ways with Norv Turner and Ken Whisenhunt respectively.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ name has already come up in connection with the openings in Cleveland and Chicago. The former Broncos head coach talked a bit about the prospect of a second shot at running a team on Monday. McDaniels stopped well short of declaring himself a candidate for any jobs and said his focus is on the playoffs while also suggesting he’d be okay with his current job title being a temporary one.

“I’m happy here,” McDaniels said, via WEEI.com. “My family is happy here. We’re excited about what’s ahead of us here in the playoffs, and to talk about any other opportunities at this point is, to me, irrelevant, because I’m totally focused on this season and what this season holds. I couldn’t be more excited to be here and be a New England Patriot and try to do the best job that I can with the title I have right now.”

With the Patriots on a bye week before starting the playoffs, McDaniels could interview for interested teams this week.

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53 Responses to “Josh McDaniels: I’m trying to do my best in job I have now”
  1. cags777 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:15 PM

    Josh McDaniels to Chicago? That’s rich and I would love to see McDaniels-Cutler 2.

  2. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:16 PM

    I’m sure Brandon Lloyd is tired of moving all around the country following this guy.

  3. dmooreco says: Dec 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    McDaniels to Chicago?? With Cutler…uhhh

  4. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    Um… doesn’t Jay Cutler hate Josh McDaniels?

  5. rexgrossman8 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:19 PM

    Dont forget about Marshall. Kyle Shanahan to Chicago with Rex in tow seems more likely.

  6. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    Oh, and Brandon Marshall didn’t exactly care for McDaniels either.

  7. dws123 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    So scared my Browns are going to go after McDaniels. We’ve suffered enough.

  8. stealthjunk says: Dec 31, 2012 12:23 PM

    Yes, what a match made in heaven that would be for McDaniels and Cutler in Chicago! He must be yearning for another shot after some idiot ran Cutler out of Denver…oh wait.

    On the other hand, he will get to be reunited with Marshall after some other idiot ran him off….ohh wait, that was McDaniels too.

    In short, not going to happen.

  9. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 31, 2012 12:32 PM

    This guy proved that he cannot be a head coach. Stay in the Belichick/Brady saftey net. It suits your skill set.

  10. jag8r904 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:33 PM

    Wouldn’t it be, “We’re still waiting to find out whether the Cardinals and Chargers will make it seven by parting ways with Ken Whisenhunt and Norv Turner respectively”?

  11. jag8r904 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    McDaniels to Jax for Tebow reunion.

  12. bengalsstillsuck says: Dec 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    Please do not come to Cleveland we dont want you.

  13. jimfix says: Dec 31, 2012 12:36 PM

    whyyyy would anyone be interested in this guy? didn’t he just get done wrecking denver a year ago? he single handedly took an up and coming team and turned it into a joke in two years…

  14. conquerpeace4d says: Dec 31, 2012 12:36 PM

    McDaniels will go to Chicago, trade Cutler and Marshall for nothing and trade a first round pick for Tim Tebow, while the bears also re-aquire Orton. Then after Orton stinks it up and McDaniels gets fired we can have Tebowmania again. Déjà Vu.

  15. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 31, 2012 12:39 PM

    He’s smart if he sticks with New England. At least as long as Tom Brady is playing. That’s a dream gig, even if he’s a lowly OC.

  16. tedmurph says: Dec 31, 2012 12:40 PM

    McDaniels already has a head coaching job; in about three years, for one of the best organizations in sports. He’ll be another in a long line of coaches who failed in their 1rst gig and went on to great careers(Shanahan, Marv Levy and Belichick to name three).

  17. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 12:41 PM

    Wasn’t the first thing McDaniels did when he got hired in Denver, was trade away Cutler for Orton? Nooooo.

  18. psousa1 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:43 PM

    Jay Cutler has an issue with anyone not named Jay Cutler.

  19. melikefootball says: Dec 31, 2012 12:47 PM

    Josh’s ony name to fame he made a multimillionare out of a not ready for NFL QB by the name Tebow.

  20. patriotsfanfromindia says: Dec 31, 2012 12:48 PM

    McD might go to Jax, only if all pieces fall in place. i.e. while he will resign himself to coaching duties only, he’ll probably insist with the new G.M. on dealing a sixth or fifth rounder to NYJ to get Tebow. Rex wants him off the team anyways.

    He might even give up a second or even a first to acquire Hernandez.

    No, I ain’t smoking anything illegal, in fact I hate regular cigarettes as well.

    Anyways, McD will go somewhere only if Pats win the superbowl which I hope they do.

  21. surfinbird1 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:50 PM

    Your best bet might be to stay with the Pats,and continue to learn. Maybe a few years down the road you could coach the Pats with Bill B. as your g.m.

  22. willowy2k says: Dec 31, 2012 1:06 PM

    He is going to replace Cutler with Matt Cassel just like tried to do in Denver. Pretty good Offensive Coordinator but dude is a joke as a head coach

  23. usmutts says: Dec 31, 2012 1:08 PM

    This is just another guy made famous by having Tom Brady as his QB.

  24. giantssb42champs says: Dec 31, 2012 1:10 PM

    Omg Bears please don’t hire this Belicheat flunky!

  25. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Dec 31, 2012 1:12 PM

    McDaniels is clearly not HC material. Why does his name keep coming up? He’s a young Norv Turner.

  26. stoney18 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    Josh, hope you stay and work with Bill and Touchdown Tommy. Work at being the Best OC in the NFL.

  27. Savoir-Faire says: Dec 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    LOL at the Cutler jock holders

    The bears have sucked on offense since cutler arrived the bears offense was better with Kyle Orton running it .

    2008 bears with a worse defense than it has now went 9-6 with no top receiver

    4 years later with Cutler and adding an all pro receiver and they go 10-6 .

    The Bears in 2008 were running a 2 TE no huddle now they barely can run a no huddle any anytime in the game

    The constant in that mess is jay Cutler

  28. Savoir-Faire says: Dec 31, 2012 1:21 PM

    Im not even a Josh McDaniels fan but even I know that some of those broncos players that are looking really good right now like Thomas and Decker are McDaniels picks

  29. mazblast says: Dec 31, 2012 1:22 PM

    McDaniels estimates his value much higher than any objective observer would. And if there’s one thing the Belichick disciples have proven, it’s that none of them are competent outside of the Patriots, let alone the equal of the odious Mr. Belichick.

  30. rmfp1978 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:22 PM

    I find it funny him saying he doesn’t want to talk about other job interviews. He jumped ship real quick from the rams after he set bradford back. I feel sorry for any team that picks him up as a head coach

  31. thestillcity says: Dec 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    Denver is winning now with numerous Josh McDaniels draft picks playing vital roles. The only part he failed in that year-and-a-half was thinking his offense was so infallible he could put any chump behind center and win. Worked for six games, but the inexperience of the team ultimately led to the resulting record.

    Denver isn’t 13-3 without Manning in any scenario, but I think they would be a playoff team at this juncture with McDaniels still in place.

  32. siknutty says: Dec 31, 2012 1:27 PM

    This guy isn’t that terrible of a coach. He is a good play caller but he needs to lose his titanic sized ego and mature a lot. He just needs a GM who will make all personnel decisions. Worst thing you could do is give this guy total control of a team just like Denver did.

  33. mrconnors says: Dec 31, 2012 1:30 PM

    Boy Wonder will take the Cleveland job and get canned in two years. Haven’t Browns fans suffered enough, eating our scraps?

  34. fitnesstrainer6788 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:36 PM

    The only reason Denver would still be a playoff team this year with McDaniels is because KC, SD, and Oakland are TERRIBLE!!!

    People (Pats fans) point to his hits in the draft (Thomas, Decker,)…but it’s sooooo convenient to leave out Moreno (who’s just now becoming a decent back but not worth the #1 pick he was chosen at), Robert Ayers, and ….

    Don’t forget trading a #1 away for a 2nd round bust Alphonoso Smith…..

    The ONLY CREDIT I’ll ever give McDaniels is making my Broncos so bad that they had the opportunity to draft Von Miller..

  35. nunezmc says: Dec 31, 2012 1:40 PM

    On behalf of all Broncos fans, good luck to the team that he ends up coaching. You’ll need it.

  36. rmfp1978 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    Right which he looked like an idiot for getting rid of hillis a couple years back with cutler and marshall. If your a rams fan I’d bet you wouldnt say hes a great play caller. He is a lot better than the job he did in st.louis but he definitely had his own agenda

  37. easywolf says: Dec 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    Stay in New England

  38. qwest12 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    I think it’s funny that people are referencing the cutler trade as a dumb move. He is obviously better than Orton but he has an attitude problem and is not a winner. I don’t see cutler ever winning anything in this league unless he makes some changes.

  39. totallyuselessme says: Dec 31, 2012 1:53 PM

    The Dawg Pound is praying to every deity they’re aware of that this guy stays firmly in place over in New England.

  40. osubuckfan says: Dec 31, 2012 1:57 PM

    @ melikefootball

    Let’s be honest with ourselves here – he made multimillionaires out of Tebow AND Matt Cassell.

  41. 10yardslant says: Dec 31, 2012 1:59 PM

    McDaniels to San Diego to lead the Chargers. Hires Kiffin to be his OC and Romeo Crennel as his DC. Bolt Up SD this could happen.

  42. mdac1012 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:01 PM

    It’s amazing what an offensive genius you become when Tom Brady is your QB. This guy is not the answer for anyone’s team.

  43. CKL says: Dec 31, 2012 2:01 PM

    I think McD’s worst move as the Den HC was dumping Mike Nolan, but maybe that’s just me.
    Either way if dude turns tail after just one year back, I’m really done with him. I wasn’t a fan of his returning anyway but that will be the last straw.

  44. mogogo1 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:03 PM

    With a GM keeping him FAR, FAR away from personnel decisions, McDaniels might be okay. But it was such a total disaster in Denver on all fronts, my bet would be he’s a younger version of Norv Turner and just not capable of running a team as the head guy.

  45. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 2:05 PM

    Savoir-Faire says:
    Dec 31, 2012 1:18 PM
    LOL at the Cutler jock holders

    The bears have sucked on offense since cutler arrived the bears offense was better with Kyle Orton running it .

    2008 bears with a worse defense than it has now went 9-6 with no top receiver

    4 years later with Cutler and adding an all pro receiver and they go 10-6 .

    The Bears in 2008 were running a 2 TE no huddle now they barely can run a no huddle any anytime in the game

    The constant in that mess is jay Cutler

    __________________________________

    The had the 21st ranked defense that year. 5th this year. 26th ranked offense. 28th ranked offense this season but they put up almost 1,000 more total yards this season.

  46. rmfp1978 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:05 PM

    Tebow didn’t flourish under his system. Tebow made himself a millionaire. Cassel maybe but surely not tebow

  47. steelerben says: Dec 31, 2012 2:10 PM

    McDaniels to KC.

    Trade Cassell for Tebow.

    Trade Dwayne Bowe for a fourth round pick.

    Trade Hillis to Pittsburgh for a washing machine.

  48. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:12 PM

    “Yes, what a match made in heaven that would be for McDaniels and Cutler in Chicago! He must be yearning for another shot after some idiot ran Cutler out of Denver…oh wait.

    On the other hand, he will get to be reunited with Marshall after some other idiot ran him off….ohh wait, that was McDaniels too.”

    Both Cutler and Marshall acted like the spoiled, over entitled turds they are in Denver after McDaniels was hired.

    Acting like the blame is all on Josh is ridiculous. Cutler wouldn’t even return calls from the owner who had paid him a huge contract, and Marshall’s immature antics are well documented.

  49. metitometin says: Dec 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    Sanchez is absolute poison in NY right now. Is he delusional? Does he really think Jet fans will accept him as the starting QB next year? After the ButtFumble, it was all over. Jet fans will riot if Sanchez is the starting QB next year. Tebow might not be the answer but it’s a shame they never gave him a shot.

    Why not get Matt Flynn or Alex Smith or Michael Vick or someone out there who still has something to prove? Sanchez has already proven he doesn’t have what it takes to be a starting QB.

  50. denverdude7 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:28 PM

    Josh McDaniels is the perfect fit for the Cleveland Browns.

    This would help me win my bet that Cleveland will be the last team to appear in a Super Bowl.

    Hiring McDaniels would guarantee at least 5 more years of pathetic football.

  51. jessethegreat says: Dec 31, 2012 3:16 PM

    I’d take a flier on McDaniels…. But only if he were to bring Brady with him.

  52. pastabelly says: Dec 31, 2012 3:57 PM

    Jay Cutler sucks. He’s a modern day Jeff George and a coach killer. McDaniels’ mistake was picking Tebow to replace him.

  53. johninthewest says: Dec 31, 2012 5:33 PM

    After reading McDaniels comments he knows that he cannot be a HC. Seeing and believing in this guy here in Denver was a joke. He will dismantle any team and make a disaster out of any organization. He’s a freeloading in New England.

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