Is McDaniels truly waiting for Belichick to retire?

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Last night’s report from Football Night in America regarding the preliminary list generated by the NFL Career Development Advisory Panel of coaching candidates for 2017 generated more buzz for a name not on it than the ones that were.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was omitted from the preliminary list; his colleague, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, appears on the list.

As a source with knowledge of the manner in which the list was compiled told PFT, McDaniels did not make it onto the list because it’s perceived by the people who compile the list that McDaniels is waiting for Patriots coach Bill Belichick to retire, at which time McDaniels would take over in New England.

It’s possible that the panel’s assessment is incorrect. As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes via Twitter, the notion that McDaniels is content to wait for Belichick to walk runs counter to the things people close to McDaniels are saying.

If that’s accurate, McDaniels should find a way to make his intentions known to the powers-that-be on the panel. The list as provided to PFT was preliminary. A final version is coming on December 8, and it will be distributed to teams on December 10.

26 responses to “Is McDaniels truly waiting for Belichick to retire?

  1. Perhaps the best O.C., but not so sure as H.C. Josh is in s pretty good situation. Makes $1.5 M a season, and doesn’t take much heat.

  2. McDaniels should learn the tenets of the Peter Principle and stay as OC. He is talented and successful in that role. But, even in the short chance he got, he does not seem to have the tools to be a head coach. Nothing wrong with that, and we have seen plenty of coaches who are very good coordinators and not good at the top spot.

  3. Following Belichick is not going to be easy. I’d rather see McDaniels take over the Browns. That’s kind of like following in the footsteps of Belichick, and that’s where McDaniels is from. But I also remember a couple years ago wondering why Jay Gruden wasn’t accepting any head coaching offers. We thought he was waiting for Sherman Lewis to retire. I guess it’s that time of year to start speculating. If McDaniels has learned one thing from Belichick, it’s that you don’t necessarily have to tell everyone what you’re thinking.

  4. Maybe he’s adopted the Commander Riker approach: It’s better to be second in command of the flagship of the fleet than to be captain of some other crummy vessel.

  5. People can guess and report and say what ever they want but its all speculation …Its between Belichick and Josh and when they want the world to know they will tell you……everything else is pure speculation and gossip

  6. Yeah, Belichick is going to retire at 64 so he can travel the world and do some TV gigs. Get real people! His father died at 87 still coaching at Navy. It’s in his blood. He will continue to haunt the rest of the NFL for years to come.

  7. I believe BB will be coaching till he’s 70….
    Don’t think Josh wants to wait that long…

  8. What exactly is this list … I’ve never heard of it before in previous years?

    What are the consequences of being left off it … are teams really not going to pay attention to a candidate they like because the guy wasn’t on this list?

  9. Lol he’s got a long wait if that’s the plan. Bill isn’t going anywhere for years to come.

    On the other hand, since the choices will be stay with the Pats and keep winning all the time, or be head coach of some awful organization like Cleveland, Josh will be better off staying right where he is as OC

  10. A factor that isn’t always noted is the “family effect”. McDaniel has a young family that loves living in NE. Their experience in Denver was NOT a good one, obviously.

    So by staying in NE and waiting as long as it takes to take over from BB he gets more than a few benefits.

    1. He is paid very well for an OC

    2. His kids don’t have to be uprooted

    3. His wife is happy where they are.

    4. His best friend since college is the GM (Nick Casserio)

    5. He can wait 5 years and still become a HC in his 40’s.

    He learned in Denver that there is a lot more to being a HC in the NFL than how you build a team and scheme offenses. If he situation isn’t just right, it can all go terribly wrong.

    Why take another shot at a less than Patriot-like organizational situation, when you can wait a few more years, make your wife and family happy, and get the real thing.

  11. He was already captain of some other crummy vessel. I didn’t work out, which can be said of every other Coordinator who came out of New England.

    ‘member Charlie Weis?
    ‘member Mangenius?
    ‘member Romeo?
    ‘member Josh?

    Oh yeah…I ‘member…

  12. yoursoulcollector says:
    Nov 21, 2016 9:42 AM
    After being fired by the Broncos for cheating, McDanny wears the Cheetah Badge bold and proud. With his rep, no one else wants him except the Pats. Fact!
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    Has anyone that ends a post with “Fact!” ever actually posted anything that was?

  13. realfann says:
    Nov 21, 2016 10:54 AM
    Why didn’t you just ask Tony Dungy who was on thhe panel? Oh wait ..
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    ‘Oh wait…’ as in had you bothered to click on the link you would have read; ‘This year, the Career Development Advisory Panel consists of Tony Dungy, Charley Casserly, Carl Peterson, Bill Polian, Jimmy Raye Sr., James “Shack” Harris, Ernie Accorsi, Dick Daniels, and John Madden.’
    smh

  14. superpatriotsfan says:
    Nov 21, 2016 9:11 AM
    Learned to cheat from the best.
    *******************************************
    In any other town, “The Super Bowl years” mean the years the team won the Super Bowl.

    In Buffalo “The Super Bowl years” mean the 4 straight Super Bowl losses.

    Just aim low baby.

  15. You may all be right in terms of whether he’s a better OC than HC but given his experience in NE he deserves a chance at HC again.

    Signed,
    Loyal Pats Fan

  16. eezyxyz says:
    Nov 21, 2016 10:20 AM
    What exactly is this list … I’ve never heard of it before in previous years?

    What are the consequences of being left off it … are teams really not going to pay attention to a candidate they like because the guy wasn’t on this list?
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    My understanding is if you aren’t on that list, teams are not allowed to talk with you. Your only option then is to intern for Goodell at 345 Park Avenue for five years and then you become a free agent coach or coordinator or Executive VP of something. Not a bad career move, really.

  17. yoursoulcollector says:

    Nov 21, 2016 9:42 AM
    After being fired by the Broncos for cheating, McDanny wears the Cheetah Badge bold and proud. With his rep, no one else wants him except the Pats. Fact!
    _________________________________________

    Looks like the Pats have already collected your soul.

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