Josh McDaniels will have three interviews on Saturday

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Barring an upset of the Steelers by the Dolphins on Sunday, the Patriots will be facing the winner of Saturday’s game between the Raiders and the Texans. New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels probably won’t catch it live.

As explained by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, McDaniels will interview with three teams on Saturday for their vacant head-coaching positions.

The Rams, Jaguars, and 49ers will interview McDaniels in separate suites at a hotel near Gillette Stadium. Those three teams (and only those three teams) would then be able to interview McDaniels a second time in the week after the AFC title game, if the Patriots qualify for Super Bowl LI.

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia also will be interviewing for a pair of jobs, with the Rams and Chargers. Likewise, director of player personnel Nick Caserio will interview for the vacant G.M. position in San Francisco.

If all three go, it would be the most upheaval at one time that Bill Belichick has experienced during his time with the team. After winning Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel left for Notre Dame and Cleveland, respectively.

In early 2009, McDaniels left to coach the Broncos, and V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli became the G.M. of the Chiefs.

Some believe McDaniels is content to stay in New England and (eventually) replace Belichick. While there’s no guarantee he’s leaving, he’s definitely doing his due diligence.

54 responses to “Josh McDaniels will have three interviews on Saturday

  1. Some coordinators should just stay put and do what they’re good at…coordinating! There’s a long list of failed OC’s and DC’s as proof. I love what this young man has done for the Pats after failing in Denver.

  2. After winning Super Bowl XLIX against the Eagles, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel left for Notre Dame and Cleveland, respectively.
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    And the BB dynasty was declared officially dead. Every year since 2004, much like a tradition, some sports personality comes out of their hibernation hole, sees it’s shadow and declares that THIS will be the year the BB dynasty dies it’s final death.

  3. Why do humans always see the grass as greener on the other side? All three of them (Josh, Matt, & Nick) have a great thing going. They’re part of a perennial winning team.

    And now they’re interviewing with the likes of the Rams, Jaguars, and 49ers?!?!?!

    If I were any of those folks and those teams wanted to offer me a job, i’d chuckle and think “how cute” it is and stay put. I mean its not like they’re getting interviews with teams like the Steelers, Giants, Packers who actually win.

    Additionally, out of all those teams i’d say as far away from York as I possibly could. Even the Rams are fairly known for disfunction.

    What are these guys thinking?

  4. After winning Super Bowl XLIX against the Eagles, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel left for Notre Dame and Cleveland, respectively.
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    And both failed miserably.

    Are there any successful HC’s from the BB Dynasty?

  5. mototax says:
    Jan 4, 2017 10:18 AM
    Some coordinators should just stay put and do what they’re good at…coordinating! There’s a long list of failed OC’s and DC’s as proof.
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    The road to success is paved with failures. If you have never truly failed then you have never truly succeeded.

    Failure is only a bad thing when you let it win.

  6. Ironically enough the one psoition that would be the most ideal fit for him now is Denver but that ship has sailed for obvious reasons……best of luck in whatever you do . I hope he stays but hes earned another chance to be a head coach……

  7. …..as much as so many owners and fans hate the New England patriots , their employees are HIGHLY sought after !!!………………………….

    7 1
    And they all fail…but I’d still like my Bills to take a look but make no mistake, they all fail after leaving New England

  8. “Some believe McDaniels is content to stay in New England and (eventually) replace Belichick. ”

    That’s a myth. Its well known Belichick has no intention of retiring any time soon. If Josh waits for that it could be 10-15 years.

    This claim is propagated by those praying Belichick will retire so they don’t have to face a team coached by him any more, and is based on nothing other than wishful hoping.

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 10:18 AM
    …..as much as so many owners and fans hate the New England patriots , their employees are HIGHLY sought after !!!…

    Yes but, unfortunately for those teams, Bill Belichick has not been the one seeking other employment.

    OTOH, some ex-Pats employees who came up through their personnel department seem to be improving their teams. The GMs in Detroit, Atlanta, Tampa and Tennessee all came through the Pats personnel department and things seem to be improving in those cities.

  10. .
    The Patriots should fear the loss of Casserio. In recent years they’ve lost personnel men John Robinson and Bob Quinn to Tennessee and Detroit respectively.
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  11. His interview with the 49ers will go as follows:
    “Will the Yorks be selling before my starting day? Great talk, the door is over there.”

  12. The question is whether BB has a handpicked successor in place for each of these three guys if they depart. I don’t know much about Patricia, but I am extremely skeptical about McDaniels having what it takes to be a good head coach. He was abysmal as a HC in Denver. At least when BB did not have success in Cleveland, he was a decent HC. McDaniels’ only success was finding every possible way to screw up the Broncos.

    Nick Caserio has been talked about for multiple years as a solid candidate. Maybe the Niners are the right opportunity for him to leave the nest.

    At some point, Brady is going to retire, BB will retire, and the whole thing will have to start over. I don’t see that time coming soon. Will McDaniels and Patricia be content to wait it out in NE? Their shelf-life as a hot commodity will be fleeting, so they have to take their shot now IMO.

  13. I mean its not like they’re getting interviews with teams like the Steelers, Giants, Packers who actually win.
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    Because playoff teams often fire their coaching staffs. (Eye roll.)

    I want it easy or I’m not playing.
    The NFL is not for “these” ^^^^ types.

  14. jjackwagon says:
    Jan 4, 2017 10:39 AM
    After winning Super Bowl XLIX against the Eagles, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel left for Notre Dame and Cleveland, respectively.
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    And both failed miserably.

    Are there any successful HC’s from the BB Dynasty?
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    I guess it’s not the system then, it’s the people.

  15. I know he’s a good coach, but he needs to be picky about the organization he goes to. I’m sure he will, and he’ll have plenty of advice from BB. I don’t know when Brady and BB will retire, but that’s going to be a tough act to follow, to say the least. Josh would probably be wise to take another job, then come back to N.E. as the second coach to follow BB.

  16. And they all fail…but I’d still like my Bills to take a look but make no mistake, they all fail after leaving New England
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    Bill O’Brien is 27-21 (.563) and is headed to his second playoff in the past 2 years.

  17. I think I would look for a successful coordinator from a team with a terrible head coach, or at least a hands off one.
    That way you know they can do it on their own without a HOF/Belichick type looking over their shoulders.

    The Bills might have a guy like that right now.

  18. factschecker says:
    Jan 4, 2017 10:57 AM

    And they all fail…but I’d still like my Bills to take a look but make no mistake, they all fail after leaving New England
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    Bill O’Brien is 27-21 (.563) and is headed to his second playoff in the past 2 years.

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    He was no Charlie Weiss in college either.

  19. McDaniels is a product of Patriots system. Good luck to whatever team he ends up with.

  20. BB and TB are 99% of the reason that team has been so good for so long. All these other clowns are replacement parts on a nice car, like windshield wipers. Notice that none of them had much success after leaving the Patriots?

  21. “What are these guys thinking?”

    I don’t know about Caseiro but as far as Josh and Patricia they’re thinking they can go from making the 1/2 million to million a year the Pats are paying them to a guaranteed contract for at least 2-3 years at 5 million a year.

    All you need is 2 years of that and you’re set for life as will be your kids and can also help your extended family if you want.

    Josh may be more selective since he’s already made those first millions from Denver, but Matt Patricia hasn’t.

    I’d take any HC job if I had never made that kind of money. If you’re smart with it only a couple years pay at that level means you never have to work another day in your life if you don’t want to.

  22. It’s crazy, that as successful as Belichick has been, that he has absolutely no “tree”
    Weis, Mangini, Crennel, McDaniels, Pioli, Saban (super successful in college), Tannenbaum, Lombardi, Shwartz, Savage and I’m probably missing a few. All worked under BB, have been NFL HCs or GMs, and failed. The closest thing to a success would be Thomas Dimitroff, and he worked under Ozzie Newsome in Cleveland, not Belichick.
    Most of the other greats have produced several other good to great head coaches. Look at who was on Paul Brown’s staff some time. He had HoF HCs playing back up OL

  23. I think McDaniels could be a decent head coach some day. Just keep as far away from personnel decisions as possible. McDaniels showed incredibly poor judgement with Mr. Tebow.

    Rams might work though. Different division from the Pats, other side of the country. But again, the Rams will have to sit McDaniels down and say Goff is your QB. You are not drafting some flashy, new, photogenic QB out of college. Goff or no deal.

  24. I love listening to people discuss Belichick’s network of sleeper agents and call them all “failures.” No wonder he acts so bored, you’re like people who go to the Sistine Chapel and stare at the floor.

  25. Would it not be simpler and more efficient to record a single interview and distribute it to the interested teams?

    It’s not like the Pats lack the technology or know-how.

  26. The BB coaching tree bears very little NFL head coaching fruit. Saban and O’Brien being the lone flickering bright spots.

    Perhaps now things would be different. But Josh and Patricia will need to surround themselves with staff that the players will respond to. If both take HC gigs, look for the NE cupboard to be heavily guarded by BB.

    Of the two, I think Josh is probably more ready. Although, as a Denver fan, I’m still scarred by his brief tenure there. For those looking to hire him, please hope he doesn’t bring his A/V guy.

  27. People ask why they’d leave to become HC when they can stay and win under BB?

    Have you no competitive bone in your body? Anyone at that level WANTS to win and they want to be the shot caller.

    Not only do they get more money, life changing money but they get to test themselves and compete. That’s what drives guys like that. It’s what drives successful people in business.

    It’s not the money but the competition for a lot of wealthy people (wealthy – not rich).

    If I’m a hot DC/OC – dang straight I want to work hard, compete and become a HC to see if I can go up against 31 other ultra competitive guys.

  28. The Bellichik coaching tree is historically not a strong tree. Just look at the unsuccessful coaches from that tree. Right now only Bill Petersen is coaching at the highest level and there is rumour that he might get fired. I think that these guys are not necessarily the best. Hire somebody from a different tree or college.

  29. There are a lot of mini-Patriots team sprouting in the NFL. Fans hate the Patriots but teams are buying the Patriots Way, whatever that means. They are poaching the Patriots’ personnel, even their mantra, Do Your Job.
    It will be difficult to replace those who left and who are leaving. It takes years for BB to mold them. The Patriots is leveling the playing field by sprinkling the league with its personnel. How ironic is that?
    I think Rams will be a good place for Josh etc to start. It’s almost like a clean slate. SF is too dysfunctional.

  30. The bitterness of the haters is palpable. Yes, 3 Patriots head coaches from the Pats failed. One is doing ok. Let’s leave out the successful college coaches, like Saban, PHill and Groh. Never mind all the front office people that are turning their teams into playoff and SBowl contenders. Yeah, stick to your hysterical narrative. Plenty of coordinators have failed as HCs. Many of them have become the top coaches in the league. There are also numerous coaches that failed once, learned from it, and became top coaches in the league.

    Since nobody asked, my 2 cents worth is McDaniels stays and Patricia gets the SD job. The Pats will survive, as they always survive losses of coaches and front office people; because they groom them from within well in advance. Rarely do you see them hire someone from outside the organization.

  31. I feel very strongly that Garopolo and McDaniel’s will be a package deal. The most likely destination being the Jags.

    Probably get pick #35 from Jacksonville and perhaps a late round pick as well just to balance it out.

  32. teal379 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 11:43 AM
    People ask why they’d leave to become HC when they can stay and win under BB?

    Have you no competitive bone in your body? Anyone at that level WANTS to win and they want to be the shot caller.

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    I think what you’re missing is that the teams interested in McDaniels are loser disfunctional franchises that have intrusive owners and bad G.M’s, which is not a recipe for winning.

    Go where you will have the best chance to win. For example, the Packers could very well fire their coach and if I were Josh i’d go there.

  33. Caserio and McDaniels are crazy to interview with Jed York, but from SF’s perspective, it would land them the best GM option by a mile and the best head coach option, but they’d be crazy to go there unless they told that turd to get out of the way and give them a 3 year guaranteed contract before they make the playoffs.

    Also, JimmyG would be part of the deal for at LEAST a 1st and a 4th.

    With the 2nd pick of the 2017 NFL draft, the greatest franchise in NFL history select, Bo Scarborough, Running Back, Alabama.

    Brady and the Pats can coast to the next 2-3 Super Bowls.

    Enjoy conjuring up new ways to cheat my team, Roger.

  34. factschecker says:
    Jan 4, 2017 10:57 AM

    And they all fail…but I’d still like my Bills to take a look but make no mistake, they all fail after leaving New England
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    Bill O’Brien is 27-21 (.563) and is headed to his second playoff in the past 2 years.
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    he said they fail. he didn’t say to count those given a pass to the playoffs playing in dumpster fire divisions like Houston, and New England. Let’s face it both teams play in non competitive divisions.

  35. If Josh is smart he’ll take the Rams gig. Belichick isn’t slowing down any and other than a turn in his health he’d probably keep going as long as Tom continues.

    The Rams look a lot more inviting than Jacksonville. And they’re a little less chaotic at QB than San Francisco. You’ve got Gurley, a solid Defense to build around, and he’s a young guy in Hollywood. Seems like a good fit.

    Of course, going from the Pats OC ($1.5MM?) to the Rams HC ($5MM+?) is definitely an upgrade in lifestyle.

    If I’m Josh I work the Rams gig all the while waiting to circle back to the Patriots once Bill hangs up the hoodie.

  36. In just a couple years Belichick’s OC, DC, and Head of player personnel will all be gone along with the GREATEST QB of all time. They will also take many current assistants with them.

    We’ll hear the same old garbage from all the media experts (“has beens” and “never wases”). And they will be wrong again.

    Belichick will still be fielding a tough, winning football team that no one looks forward to playing.

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