Slow start to interview process limited Josh McDaniels’ options

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As Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviews for the head-coaching vacancy in Cleveland, whether he gets any job in the current cycle comes down to one and only one shot, barring a delayed-reaction firing, retirement, or resignation.

The Panthers and Giants wanted to talk to McDaniels, but for whatever reason he got started too late. If he’d gone straight to Charlotte or New York on Sunday or Monday, maybe things would have been different. But that didn’t happen.

It’s still not clear why and how that happened. Regardless, by Tuesday morning the Panthers and Giants had their new coaches, before McDaniels could even interview.

The Giants’ job seemed unlikely, given the ongoing presence of G.M. Dave Gettleman. The Panthers job could have been a possibility, but with the Giants wanting Matt Rhule and with the Panthers liking what they saw and heard and with David Tepper ready to move on Rhule before the Giants could, the music stopped for both of those teams without McDaniels’ butt anywhere close to the chair.

Standing alone, it’s another instance of “sh-t happens.” But given that, as explained by Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a glowing recommendation to the Giants on behalf of special-teams coordinator/receivers coach Joe Judge (who unlike McDaniels made it to New York for an interview quickly after the Patriots’ season ended), it’s hard not to wonder whether McDaniels is wondering whether, at some level, Belichick tried to nudge the dominoes in the direction of McDaniels not having an offer to become a head coach elsewhere.

25 responses to “Slow start to interview process limited Josh McDaniels’ options

  1. Or it could just as easily be that McDaniels didn’t want any other job but the one in his and his wife’s home state. Simple explanations are usually the most likely.

  2. It’s pretty unlikely that Belichick told him he had to stay in NE to do exit interviews while he let Judge Joe bail early. Much more likely that McDaniels knew the Browns were going to wait for him and he wasn’t really interested in either the Giants or Panthers jobs Both teams recognized this and didn’t wait.

    He’s the heir apparent for Belichick if/when he retires and he’s reportedly the highest paid OC in the game. He doesn’t -have- to take a bad HC job if he doesn’t want it.

  3. Overrated another coach that Brady made. He’s already had an opportunity and blew it due to his arrogance

  4. Bill is always up for a little ‘gamesmanship.’ Maybe Josh, just maybe, got caught up in that. Wow, what a theory.

  5. I think McDaniels is fine if he doesn’t get an HC job.

    Giants made a good move in Judge. Of course the media is killing them.

    I still remember when the Yankees hired Torre ‘Clueless Joe’ was the headline in the Post. “Yanks choose lifetime losing manager”

    With the excepetion of the QB’s this guy coached every player on the roster.

  6. “it’s hard not to wonder whether McDaniels is wondering whether, at some level, Belichick tried to nudge the dominoes in the direction of McDaniels not having an offer to become a head coach elsewhere.”

    Why throw things out there like this? How do you know Belichick didn’t give glowing recommendations for both, and the Giants only wanted to speak with Judge?

  7. I’ll be glad if he stays in New England. He didn’t have the best year,but his staying may go a long way toward Brady staying. I would not put that theory past Belichick, either. I think he wants McDaniels to stay,but Brady to leave so he can develop a new young QB. I can’t wait to see how this all shakes out. Just my two cents…

  8. Are we dismissing the possibility that while the Panthers and Giants may have wanted to interview him, he wasn’t their first (or 2nd, 3rd, etc) choice? Maybe he was their backup plan if they weren’t wowed by anyone else. Maybe they had concerns about his commitment to taking over a HC job since he backed out of that job just 2 years ago.

  9. Wait.. didn’t Belichick get mad and walk out on the Jets because Bill Parcels didn’t tell him Cleveland sent a fax asking for permission to talk to Belichick?

    Surely he would not intercede in a head coaching search to try and influence a result keeping his O.C. in town. OR WOULD HE?

  10. It’s for that very reason he wouldn’t intercede. Not everyone seeks retribution.
    When this is all done I bet we find out Bill supported Josh.

  11. You have it backwards! Pats went 12/4 with a poor group of players that Bill supplied. Josh had nothing to do with player transactions ie. draft/free agency, etc.

  12. Can’t believe teams are that anxious to hire a coach whose QB throws a pick six down the stretch.

  13. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    January 10, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Can’t believe teams are that anxious to hire a coach whose QB throws a pick six down the stretch.

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    From his 1 yrd line, with 15 sec left, targeted to a receiver which, again, could no get separation and not will to fight for the ball and allows his defender to tip the pass into the air… and so on

  14. The “slow start” was due to McDaniels ego. Like I’ve said before, he thinks he’s the nfl equivalent of Douglas McArthur – only McDaniels didn’t show up until AFTER the war was over…….

  15. thefiesty1 says:
    January 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm
    He who hesitates is lost! Has Baker finished his interview yet?

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    Not yet. Mayfield is busy filming a commercial…….

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