Report: Josh McDaniels said no to Bengals interview

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels waited a long time before telling the Colts no last year, but he didn’t take the same approach when it came to the Bengals’ head coaching position.

The Bengals were one of two teams to request interviews with McDaniels for their head coaching vacancies this week, but Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that McDaniels has told the team he’s not interested in being a candidate to replace Marvin Lewis.

McDaniels is set to interview with the Packers on Friday. As of this point, that’s the only interview on tap for him and any other team that might want to talk to him will have to move quickly or wait at least a couple of weeks for the opportunity.

The Bengals have interviews lined up with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor and former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. They have also met with or are expected to meet with current assistants Hue Jackson, Bill Lazor and Darrin Simmons.

73 responses to “Report: Josh McDaniels said no to Bengals interview

  1. At least the snake was upfront about his intentions in this case. Amazing that teams are still interested in this coward after what he did last year.

  2. Ouch! Don’t take it too hard Cinci, Josh only turned down Colts at the 11th hour after a chat with Kraft & BB the day he was due to leave Foxboro and must have been given a timeline for the Pats HC job when BB retires (or steps back to just his GM role) in a couple of years. It will be hard for any team to beat that setup and promise, with that owner and GM.

  3. Well, the Bengals can be happy. If they had offered him the job and he’d accepted, he’d change his mind just like he did with the Colts. I’m just amazed any organization would be interested in that knucklehead for anything other than janitor.

  4. McDaniels may have been a bad HC in Denver, and yes, he jilted the Colts at the last minute, but he’s no dummy. Going from Kraft to Brown should send chills up your spine.

  5. There is only one good job out there for Josh: Cleveland, with a young star at QB with many years ahead of him and good surrounding talent. I don’t know why people suggest Green Bay. Who knows how long Rogers will play at a high level. And why people think Josh would be able to teach an old dog like Rogers new tricks is beyond me.

  6. Apart from Aaron Rodgers what does Green Bay have, I mean no offence to any team but who’s to say the Bengals don’t draft a gem of a quarterback in the draft. Hope this clown gets a taste of his own medicine, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Be humble you got a chance at an interview.

  7. Before anyone makes a crack about the Bengals, Bieniemy turned down an interview with the Cardinals, but is interviewing with the Bengals. It’s pretty common. These coaches have specific things they’re looking for. McDaniels probably wants to work with an elite QB (Rodgers) so he doesn’t have to draft another Tebow. Bieniemy might prefer having a plethora of young weapons to work with in Cincy.

  8. There is no way Mike Brown was going to hire him… McDaniel would have wanted money and control, 2 things Brown won’t give a coach…. Brown just wanted to pick his brain on how the patriots do it

  9. sanshen01 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:58 am
    LOL, who in their right mind, would want that job?
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    LOL, anyone who likes having an elite RB like Mixon, an elite WR like AJ Green, a workable QB like Dalton, the best WR2 in the league in Boyd, a talented d-line in Atkins and Dunlap…and 16 years worth of job security?

  10. i would take hue jackson over this clown. still remember that absurd salute he gave the denver crowd after beating the patriots in a regular season game all those years ago. head case.

  11. I don’t necessarily believe this is an indictment on the Bengals organization.
    Some people just seem to fit better with other organizations and vice versa.

    As for whether the Green Bay would be a better landing spot than other NFL ports, some people are being too short sighted.
    Rosters change drastically from year to year due to egos, injury, financial constraints and other unforeseen issues.

    Prospective coaches need to look at the organization as a whole.
    Will you have the freedom and resources to do your job?
    Past and overall success of a team factors in as well.
    And of course, quality of life and time spent in an area you’ll be logging in most of the year is important.

    All these things far outweigh what current roster you may be walking in to.
    I’m not saying it doesn’t factor in at all.
    I just think people are placing too much importance on it.

  12. Does this surprise anyone? The Bengals requesting an interview of McDaniels is like saying “Hey Josh, you’re eating at Ruth’s Chris, and last year you decided not to leave Ruth’s to eat at Outback. Would you like to leave Ruth’s to eat behind this dumpster?”

  13. McDaniels is a jerk for his shenanigans last year. It isn’t really about jilting the Colts. For me its more about the coaches he hired for the job who relocated to Indy before McDaniels backed out. That is the real jerk move. I cannot blame him for not wanting the Bengals job though. I have no bias against the Bengals but it has to be one of the worst jobs in football. I am not sure anyone could succeed there with the ownership/front office being as cheap as it is. If you look at the successful franchises in the league, they make smart decisions but keep their best players. Until the ownership is changed it will not matter who is coaching. Different coach, same result.

  14. Another privileged snot-nose who rode his daddy’s coattail. In a just world, this guy would be coaching a high school team, if that.

  15. There was a time that the Bengals had the smallest scouting department in the NFL (I believe that number was 5 members.) Do they still have the smallest department? If so, no thanks… I’m not interested in that job.

  16. LOL, anyone who likes having an elite RB like Mixon, an elite WR like AJ Green, a workable QB like Dalton, the best WR2 in the league in Boyd, a talented d-line in Atkins and Dunlap…and 16 years worth of job security?
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    Green, Atkins and Dunlap will all be 31 years old in 2019…

    Green has 1 year left on his deal.

  17. Cant blame him. You wouldn’t take that job unless you’ve exhausted all other options.

  18. Deric Gregory says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:05 am
    sanshen01 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:58 am
    LOL, who in their right mind, would want that job?
    ===

    LOL, anyone who likes having an elite RB like Mixon, an elite WR like AJ Green, a workable QB like Dalton, the best WR2 in the league in Boyd, a talented d-line in Atkins and Dunlap…and 16 years worth of job security?
    _________________________

    Green and Atkins will both be 31 (and have had injury issues) before next season, and Dalton is an average at best QB who is also 31. No chance a new coach comes into Cincy and doesn’t pick his next QB immediately.

    So yes, a year or two of Green and Atkins being elite along with Mixon and Boyd who are great. Terrible culture and terrible owner beyond that.

  19. He left the Colts hanging and Cincy has an even worse owner than Indy. The odds of him taking the Bengals job were zero.

  20. “Hey Josh, you’re eating at Ruth’s Chris, and last year you decided not to leave Ruth’s to eat at Outback. Would you like to leave Ruth’s to eat behind this dumpster?”
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    “Hey Josh, talk to us about morals and ethics.”

  21. aarons444 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:23 am
    There is only one good job out there for Josh:
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    There is only one good job for Josh;

    The one he currently occupies.

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    Works for me. I’d like to keep him around as long as possible.

  22. nflyoda says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:19 am
    McDaniels is a jerk for his shenanigans last year. It isn’t really about jilting the Colts. For me its more about the coaches he hired for the job who relocated to Indy before McDaniels backed out. That is the real jerk move. I cannot blame him for not wanting the Bengals job though. I have no bias against the Bengals but it has to be one of the worst jobs in football. I am not sure anyone could succeed there with the ownership/front office being as cheap as it is. If you look at the successful franchises in the league, they make smart decisions but keep their best players. Until the ownership is changed it will not matter who is coaching. Different coach, same result.

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    The Bengals ownership is a disaster. I’m the first to admit it. However, this whole cheap narrative is a little played out. Yes, they are abhorrently cheap when it comes to training facilities, fleecing the city, etc. But, when it comes to paying players and coaches there is absolutely ZERO evidence of it. Marvin was paid a very middle of the road salary in terms of NFL coaches. Arguably, a lot more than he should have earned. They have re-signed Atkins and Dunlap to some big deals and have retained their top skill position talent. Now, they have whiffed on resigning key players in the trenches. But, that is more of a result of mismanagement than being cheap.

  23. It would be nice if he just came out & said that he’s not currently looking for a head coaching job & if & when he is that he will make it clear to all organizations that he is….OR, He himself will let the teams know that have fired their coach that he’s interested & would like a chance to interview with them to see if they’d be the right fit for each other….
    Really not all that difficult to do!!!!!

  24. Where ever Josh ends up, he will still be the morally bankrupt cheat that illegally filmed practices while he was the head coach of the Broncos. I can see why NE wants to keep him in wraps, if he ever got outside that franchise, chances are he would spill the beans on the various ways that the Patriots cheat and then the dynasty might come to an end.

  25. The story should be why Cincy was interested in him in the first place after seeing how he did the Colts. If you’re Cincy, you don’t think he might pull the same crap? Hell, I’d be worried about him pulling it even if it was a more desirable job…

  26. Here’s why I wouldn’t blow off a Bengals interview. Even if I felt like I wasn’t going to take the job. Perfect redemption spot in the event I get fired from my next head coaching job. There’s not many second chance head coaching cities outside of Cincy

  27. Good thing BKraft didn’t list to the self appointed FB savants on PFT when he hired Belichick. That was after he supposedly failed in Cleve and resigned as HC of the NYJ

  28. indywilson40 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:20 am
    Cincy dodged a bullet. Trust me.

    Ok. McDaniels has 5 Super Bowl rings, and, let’s see, the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since it was Hammertime. They are widely known as the prime example of dysfunction and lack of discipline from the top on down, and had enabled Marvin Lewis for about 5 years too long.

    Whew! They really dodged a bullet there.

  29. whatjusthapped says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:43 am
    Where ever Josh ends up, he will still be the morally bankrupt cheat that illegally filmed practices while he was the head coach of the Broncos. I can see why NE wants to keep him in wraps, if he ever got outside that franchise, chances are he would spill the beans on the various ways that the Patriots cheat and then the dynasty might come to an end.
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    Tons of players & coaches/assistants & corporate figures have left for other teams of flat out let go….. not a peep….
    the Dynasty is built on great ownership, hard work & coaches that know how to get the best out of each player so that they can best help the TEAM play to its optimal ability….well all that & Brady that is!!!

  30. footballpat says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:32 am
    You guys act like he is the only guy in the world to accept a job and change hid mind people do it every day
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    The bad part was not exactly ultimately rejecting the job, the bad part was that he had apparently interviewed and essentially hired some assistants before walking away. So it is an entirely fair argument to say he screwed those assistants.

    OTOH, I believe those assistants kept those jobs and, in the end, it seems to have worked out well for everyone except, maybe, McDaniels himself (although he did get a raise from the Pats).

  31. “Hi Josh, Mike Brown here from the Cincinnati Bengals. I was wondering if you’d like to interview with us for the open head coaching vacancy?”

    “Is Andy Dalton still your QB?”

    “Yes.”

    “Yeah, hard pass.”

  32. carloswlassiter says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:54 am
    Despite the view of a few butt-hurt Colt fans here….
    ________
    The Colts and their fans are just fine, thanks.

  33. Stiller43 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:21 am
    Deric Gregory says:
    January 3, 2019 at 11:05 am
    sanshen01 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:58 am
    LOL, who in their right mind, would want that job?
    ===

    LOL, anyone who likes having an elite RB like Mixon, an elite WR like AJ Green, a workable QB like Dalton, the best WR2 in the league in Boyd, a talented d-line in Atkins and Dunlap…and 16 years worth of job security?
    _________________________

    Green and Atkins will both be 31 (and have had injury issues) before next season, and Dalton is an average at best QB who is also 31. No chance a new coach comes into Cincy and doesn’t pick his next QB immediately.

    So yes, a year or two of Green and Atkins being elite along with Mixon and Boyd who are great. Terrible culture and terrible owner beyond that.

    —————

    Your point? None of the job openings are all sunshine and rainbows. That’s why the jobs are available. What I was saying is that at least the Bengals have the talent to win right away.

    What’s the terrible culture? The Bengals just recently had a string of 5 straight playoff berths. How is that terrible? The Steelers have more arrests and are dirtier, more toxic and loaded with way more divas. So I hope you’re not going to those old chestnuts.

  34. You all don’t get it?

    The ONLY job Josh is willing to actually leave New England for is the Green Bay head coaching job.

    Will he get it? No one knows yet. We will know the level of Green Bay’s actual interest if a 2nd interview is scheduled.

    Green Bay is casting a wide net in their search and the media will not get leaks of every coach they have contact with.

    #InGuteWeTrust

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  35. Smart move. A coach and his job are always tied to how good of a quarterback he has. Longest tenured coaches always have good QBs. Bad QB teams have new coaches every 2-3 years

  36. The guy is a legend in his own mind. A smart guy but it is yet to be determined if he is a good coach.

  37. He should stay where he is at hes paid like a hc and doesn’t have to deal with the hassle of head coaching scrutiny.

  38. Knowing how Belichek feels about Paul Brown, Im surprised Bill hasnt turned in his resume to Mike Brown.

  39. I would prefer the Packers go after Vic Fangio. Time to go defense at head coach this time. McDaniels is a meathead goofball, and not one single assistant coach from the Belichick tree, has done anything on their own. No thanks.

  40. “LOL, who in their right mind, would want that job?”

    I don’t think much of the Bengals and think their owner is terrible, but you do realize head coaches get minimum 5 million a year these days and guaranteed contracts don’t you? Josh has already made big stacks of money and is likely the highest paid coordinator in the league, and can be choosy. But for someone who hasn’t its a chance to be set for life so I think a lot of people would take the opportunity.

  41. crush22 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    The Colts and their fans are just fine, thanks.
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    Texans 27-16.

  42. The ONLY job Josh is willing to actually leave New England for is the Green Bay head coaching job.

    Will he get it? No one knows yet. We will know the level of Green Bay’s actual interest if a 2nd interview is scheduled.
    =====

    Is it sacrilege if I pray he doesn’t get it?

    .. I know it is, but do I risk my soul if I pray for it anyway??

  43. Ike Clanton
    Ok. McDaniels has 5 Super Bowl rings, and, let’s see, the Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since it was Hammertime. They are widely known as the prime example of dysfunction and lack of discipline from the top on down, and had enabled Marvin Lewis for about 5 years too long.

    Whew! They really dodged a bullet there.

    All Patriots assistants have Super Bowl rings, it says nothing about their head coaching skills. Nearly all of Belichicks disciples, including McDaniels, have been failures as a head coach.

  44. McWelcher and Rodgers would give Belchick-Brady a run for their money on the hate scale.

    .. maybe I’m looking at this all wrong? It might be fun to see how the other half live.

  45. “The Bengals ownership is a disaster. I’m the first to admit it. However, this whole cheap narrative is a little played out. Yes, they are abhorrently cheap when it comes to training facilities, fleecing the city, etc. But, when it comes to paying players and coaches there is absolutely ZERO evidence of it.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Zero evidence?!?!?

    How about… All-Pro veteran Andrew Whitworth/Pro Bowler Kevin Zeitler/Marvin Jones/All-Pro shutdown corner Johnathan Joseph//SOLID #3wr Kevin Walter/etc..

    .

  46. Glorydays says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    He is waiting for Bill to retire, move along, nothing to see here…
    _______________

    This has been my contention all along, and I was thinking he was just using the Packer interview as leverage for another pay raise from Kraft.
    Though it has given me pause to think that if this was his only motivation than why not just accept the Bengal interview too.

  47. vottorific says:
    January 3, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Knowing how Belichek feels about Paul Brown, Im surprised Bill hasnt turned in his resume to Mike Brown.
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    It is well documented that Bill thinks Paul Brown was a genius and the creator of the modern NFL, and thinks Mike Brown is a dunce who was born on 3rd base and thinks he hit a triple.

  48. @aarons444

    What are you talking about? I don’t care who you want or don’t want as the Packers new head coach.

    I will let you know when I care about a Vikings fans opinion on anything. Don’t hold your breath.

    Thanks for letting everyone know though that you are very worried about who the Packers may hire. It’s obvious on ALL your screen names.

  49. The Bengals had just one less win than the Browns and same record as the Packers even though they had around 20 players on IR, including 4 of their 5 top offensive weapons. They have a great group of talented vets and a core group of young talent including Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, Carl Lawson, Sam Hubbard, Jessie Bates, William Jackson 3 and Billy Price. They have a talented GM in Duke Tobin and the head coach has a say in the draft and personel decsions. When Marvin Lewis arrived he was allowed to make major changes in the organization and the new coach will have the same opportunity.

  50. When the Packers interview Josh, they need to make it perfectly clear that he will have absolutely no last word on personnel decisions, like he apparently had in Denver. His talent in New England has been developing unique game plans each week for the specific upcoming opponent. The Packers game plans have become way to vanilla the past few seasons. McDaniel’s creativity could be the solution.

  51. jbcommonsense says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    That sure worked out well in the end for the Colts and Reich.
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    No question about it. Reich has been great, and the team has done a 180 in one year.

  52. While he’s been good in NE, I would say a very large part of that is Brady. Green Bay with Rodgers seems like the best landing spot, a highly talented, seasoned QB who’s had a lot of success.

    The Bengals need someone who’s and inventive OC and had experience turning an average QB into something better with a talented roster. Candidates from the Rams and Chiefs.

    Nonetheless, working with Mike Brown probably doesn’t sound appealing to anyone outside of the pay increase.

  53. People are joking about the Bengals, but the worst job is in Arizona.

    And that front office just gave the last guy a crappy roster and one whole year to turn things around before kicking him to the curb. Who in their right mind would take a job there?

  54. I love all these “coaching trees” people love to bring up….please give us an update of which trees all the coaches that got fired fell from.One of the best NFL coaches in history left the NFL and went to stanford and compiled a record of 7-4,4-7 and 3-7-1…His name was Bill Walsh.
    Reich is doing a good job in Indy but lets not forget that Dan Quinn and Doug Pederson did great jobs to,how about pagano and arians and jimmy johnson did excellent in miami.

  55. bengals dodged a major bullet. McDaniels can’t be trusted and he’s a lousy coach anyway, McDaniels is probably doing interviews so he can steal game plans and hand them over to Belichest.

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