No interview requests for Josh McDaniels, yet

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Given the work that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has done with rookie quarterback Mac Jones this year, some believe he should be a prime candidate to become a head coach again — especially with a team that hopes to get the most out of a young quarterback. While that may still happen, nothing is happening yet.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, none of the eight teams currently seeking head coaches has requested permission from the Patriots to interview McDaniels. Although such requests routinely are granted, the process doesn’t begin until the request is made.

The Patriots are surprised it hasn’t happened. They expect it to occur soon.

Two teams to watch are the Jaguars, who are trying to develop Trevor Lawrence, and the Bears, who sent their 2022 first-round pick to the Giants for the ability to move up and select Justin Fields.

Trent Baalke is the G.M. in Jacksonville, and McDaniels may not want to work with Baalke. In Chicago, the McCaskeys have basically given the keys to the G.M. and coach search to Bill Polian. As one source put it, Polian and McDaniels aren’t close friends. That could keep Polian from nudging the process toward McDaniels.

Speaking of the Giants, they seemed to have real interest in McDaniels two years ago, before they settled on Joe Judge, another Patriots assistant at the time. With some teams seemingly intent on taking their time, in time they could realize that McDaniels is someone to closely consider as they inevitably settle on a new head coach.

49 responses to “No interview requests for Josh McDaniels, yet

  1. I think an owner or GM would have to have a pretty short memory to consider McDaniels as a head coach.

  2. He headcased himself out of a HC position. Played the “yes no yes no yes no yes no…” game with to many teams.
    Nobody has time to deal with that, so it might be a long while, before he gets another shot.

  3. McDaniels was caught cheating during his head coaching stint in Denver – not to mention backing out on the Colts at the last minute. He doesn’t deserve a head coaching gig.

  4. I feel a major reason why he’s not getting interviews is teams don’t trust he’ll ever legit leave New England.

  5. Josh ain’t going unless he’s is going to call the shots

    Did he make mistakes in Denver- yes – but he did some good things as well

    Problem was Elway and his minions worked behind his back against him and he’s not going to let that happen again

    Elway inherited a good team then added Manning bingo Super Bowl

  6. Is it possible that teams are reluctant to interview the guy after the last time he was offered AND ACCEPTED an HC job?

  7. The same McDaniels that took the Colts job and then left them hanging with less time and less of a selection of coaches to hire? You don’t think other teams saw what he did?

  8. It will speak volumes if the Giants and Texans, two teams that seem to love raiding the Pats, have no interest. Although nobody would be able to blame McDaniels if he wanted nothing to do with the Texans.

  9. And why the heck is trent baalke still employed by an nfl team. Oh,the clown show….I forgot.

  10. Why would *anyone* want McDaniels. Failure in Denver, unethical in his interaction with Indy. Most of his success has come with Brady. He’s not going anywhere because no one wants him.

  11. It’s official…there’s a lot of broken branches on the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Take heed!!

  12. He’s young and obviously the Patriots want him to be Bills guy for another 5-10 years and take over the ship almost like a normal job.

  13. Given the work that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has done with rookie quarterback Mac Jones this year

    And what exactly would that be. Jones is good at one thing. Handing the ball off to the RB. OK, maybe two….he’s good at throwing short. He’s more like Carson Wentz. He’s a game manager but if the game is in his hands you’re in big trouble.

    Besides, McDaniels did the Colts dirty and teams will remember that–forever.

  14. Josh is a good coach, and he’ll likely get another opportunity to be a head coach. But it seems like Tom Brady’s new coordinators are getting the same attentions his old coordinators got. You’d think these owners would have learned by now.

  15. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    January 15, 2022 at 3:38 pm
    It’s official…there’s a lot of broken branches on the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Take heed!!
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    Not a truer statement. Belichick’s coaching tree has produced almost NOTHING. So many other coaches have had successful coaching trees. Belichick has produced exactly 1 good coach (Vrabel) – ok maybe Flores but he’s still not proven.

  16. Josh has built by the talent of Belichick and Tom Brady. Thank goodness my favorite team isn’t interested.

  17. After failing in Denver and reneging on the Colts, I don’t think anyone trusts Josh. If he doesn’t have a standing offer to take over Pats after Bill retires, then he won’t get a job with another team until there’s a regime change in NE.

  18. “Given the work that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has done with rookie quarterback Mac Jones this year, some believe he should be a prime candidate to become a head coach again…” What? No mention of the great work he has done with Jarrett Stidham?

  19. minime says:
    January 15, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    No smart team will want this guy.

    ——————————–

    You must have missed it. Florio referenced the Jags and Bears as possible (albeit unlikely) destinations.

  20. Belichick could decide to have interest in the Giants GM job. He’ll bring his own coach and have his son coach the D. McDaniels can replace him in NE.

  21. The envy of the Patriots for two decades of dominance is reflected in the rants on this thread.

  22. bird2urmother says:
    January 15, 2022 at 3:21 pm
    The same McDaniels that took the Colts job and then left them hanging with less time and less of a selection of coaches to hire? You don’t think other teams saw what he did?

    ———

    You mean after he found out the Colts had failed to disclose serious injuries to their franchise QB?

  23. Until I hear a story of some kind of a personal split between McDaniels and Belichek, or McDaniels is fired, I would never trust Josh to actually show up to coach my team. he is clearly too attached to the man.

  24. tigerlilac says:
    January 15, 2022 at 5:20 pm
    The envy of the Patriots for two decades of dominance is reflected in the rants on this thread
    _________________
    The fact that the Pats are back in the playoffs after one mediocre season is disheartening for fans across the NFL.

  25. Bill Polian?? Really? Couldn’t find anybody older than that guy? Was George Halas not available?

  26. Hiring someone to be head coach in order to develop a QB is bassackwards. Head coaches don’t train quarterbacks.

  27. I don’t always comment on men with no character or integrity.

    But when I do, its this guy.

  28. The envy of the Patriots for two decades of dominance is reflected in the rants on this thread.
    ==========

    The Patriots are the only team that will employ him after that shenanigan in Indy.

  29. Did he make mistakes in Denver- yes – but he did some good things as well
    ==========

    Name them..

    (grabs popcorn…….)

  30. Before McDaniels Denver pretended Cutler was an elite QB.

    McDaniels got two #1st round picks, a 3rd rounder and Kyle Orton. Alas, Denver didn’t do much with the picks. Cutler threw 26 picks his first year in Chicago in a losing season.

  31. His stint in Denver was a hot mess, failure… he and Patricia don’t know how to manage men. BB is the only reason either have been successful. Some guys are just better in supporting roles. If he’s smart… he’ll stay put and keep riding it out in NE.

  32. Former Broncos DJ Williams was on a podcast last week and resurrected the Broncos Spygate with the 49ers, and said McDaniels cheated with the Broncos. That’s the reason why he won’t get a sniff for a head coach gig

  33. I wouldn’t be shocked if Belichick decides he’s coached long enough, and they hire Josh.

  34. He’s really done very little since losing Brady…. what does that tell you? Same as Garrett once he lost Romo. That tells me that both had on the field coaches.. once they were gone so wasn’t the production and results. No one wants either as a HC now.

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