Patriots prepare for Josh McDaniels to leave (unless he doesn’t, again)

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Last year, after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels jilted the Colts, many believed he’d stay in New England until coach Bill Belichick retires.

This year, McDaniels is back in play.

Per multiple sources, the Patriots are preparing for McDaniels to leave. He has interviewed with the Packers, and the Browns reportedly are interested.

The thinking at this point is that McDaniels will only interview with teams that he’d be willing to coach. Thus, if he’s offered the Green Bay job, the thinking is he’d take it.

What he’d do about the Browns job is less clear. McDaniels hasn’t had a chance to accept or reject an offer to interview with the Browns, because the Browns have yet to request permission to interview him. The Canton Repository, however, has reported that there’s mutual interest between McDaniels and the Browns.

None of this means he’ll actually leave. Last year, the Patriots were prepared for McDaniels to leave. He didn’t. This year, they’re prepared for him to leave, all over again.

28 responses to “Patriots prepare for Josh McDaniels to leave (unless he doesn’t, again)

  1. The thinking at this point is that McDaniels will only interview with teams that he’d be willing to coach. Thus, if he’s offered the Green Bay job, the thinking is he’d take it.

    Why a team would even be interested in this guy is puzzling. He was all set to take the Indy job until he changed his mind…but not after already hiring his staff. Which begs another question…what assistant coach is going to accept a job offer from this guy should some team be dumb enough to offer him the job?

    If that’s not enough, look at what he did in Denver? He took a team that was 8-8 and ran them into the ground while alienating (and trading) his QB (Cutler) and all-Pro WR (Brandon Marshall). Then he was fired in his second year after going 3-9. Any team dumb enough to hire him better get ready for him to set the team back ten years.

  2. The fact he left the Packers without a contract/offer etc – he’s not the slam dunk hire people think he is.

    Not that he’s a great coach but that he’s an uber hot commodity.

  3. Everyone should be after Belichek disciples. Look at all the success they have as head coaches! Weis, Crennel, McDaniels in Denver, Patricia.

  4. whenwilliteverend says:
    January 6, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    The thinking at this point is that McDaniels will only interview with teams that he’d be willing to coach. Thus, if he’s offered the Green Bay job, the thinking is he’d take it.

    Why a team would even be interested in this guy is puzzling. He was all set to take the Indy job until he changed his mind…but not after already hiring his staff. Which begs another question…what assistant coach is going to accept a job offer from this guy should some team be dumb enough to offer him the job?

    If that’s not enough, look at what he did in Denver? He took a team that was 8-8 and ran them into the ground while alienating (and trading) his QB (Cutler) and all-Pro WR (Brandon Marshall). Then he was fired in his second year after going 3-9. Any team dumb enough to hire him better get ready for him to set the team back ten years.
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    That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem in Cleveland or Green Bay as he’d have no say whatsoever in personnel moves.
    That was more of a Denver mistake, giving him so much freedom and overall responsibility when he had enough on his plate already.

  5. The Patriots are dealing with a lot of leavings this postseason. After Josh Gordon walked out , they had to practically change up their whole gameplan for the playoffs. Now you have BOTH your coordinators possibly leaving in, once again, the worst possible moment. Thanks McDaniels.

  6. People can say he did bad in Denver and the record proves it but he drafted moreno, thomas and decker and worked with welker in NE so basically gave Manning the skill position players to have one of the all time great offenses in history.

  7. @AndrewTeal

    The NFL does not allow the hiring of a coach who is still in the playoffs. Him leaving Green Bay with no contract means absolutely nothing.

    Who said his hiring was a “slam dunk”? Green Bay isn’t near the end of their search. As I have said here several times, I would not expect a hire by Green Bay until February.

  8. When you guys mention his time in Denver, don’t forget that he brought the taping scandal BS with him, and the embarrassment from that was the final straw that led to Bowlen being done with him. Good times.

  9. I literally wish half the sports world would stop crying about this. Guy made the right decision for himself like Kevin Durant eventually did.
    It’s like having an attractive ex from big oil money, big future, yoi were with for a long time — you met another girl who makes you feel ‘special’ and at the altar you decide you were in the best position possible. So the girl #2’s family along with with all of ESPN and pft commenters (not Wayne) — are angry. Be angry, McDaniels made the right decision

  10. I can understand fan’s caution regarding McDaniels.
    Having said that, consider what you’ve just watched from the sidelines and the fact that it’s not a real desireable job (in Denver), he might be worth a shot.

  11. Will go down as the best OC of all time. And the whiners and Bob Kravitz will complain ‘well actually’ he was rude to the Colts, while an owner with Pills and Bodies showing up, lied for an ENTIRE SEASON about his QBs injury in order to sell season tickets — dis-appealed the HC job to TB12’s coach. OMG my gosh. Get over yourselves.

  12. mediasloppy says:

    After the stunt this guy showed last year, I really don’t understand why any team would put their trust in him at all…
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    I agree 1 million percent if that’s possible.

  13. People can say he did bad in Denver and the record proves it but he drafted moreno, thomas and decker and worked with welker in NE so basically gave Manning the skill position players to have one of the all time great offenses in history.
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    He did a bad job in Denver.

    .393 win%, and he drafted Tim Tebow…

    .. in the 1st round!

    McDaniels “He has all the traits you look for. It’s a good pick.”

    Tim Tebow. 1st round.

    Bad job.

  14. The fact the Vikings fan/troll(aarons444 and his multiple screen names) is so against McDaniels coming to Green Bay shows you how worried Vikings fans are about who the Packers may hire.

    From all reports I am hearing, the interview which took place in Boston, went at least well. I would not be surprised if Josh is ONE OF the coaches that the Packers have into Green Bay for a second interview.

    We will see what happens, and which coaches the Packers call for second interviews. Josh or any coach in the playoffs would now not be allowed to interview again until the Pats are out of the playoffs.

  15. IP addresses don’t lie. Exposed long ago. Shocking that you are still trying so hard👍

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