New England Patriots offensive coordinator is one of the brightest young offensive minds in the business, and he has been in rumors around the league- most prominently head coaching rumors for the Cleveland Browns gig. Adam Schefter wrote that it was unlikely McDaniels would be a candidate for the Browns head coaching position, and he also stated that McDaniels isn’t focused on a future head coaching gig at this point in time.
Well, McDaniels has taken to the podium now and his own statements affirm the always reliable reports from Mr. Schefter.
According to ESPN Boston, McDaniels is happy with being back as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. He said,
“Here’s what I’ll say about that. I’m thrilled to be back to back here, and I came back here for all the right reasons: to learn, and to get better as a coach, and to work in an organization that I really have a great deal of respect and appreciation for. I’m happy here, my family is happy here, and we’re excited about what’s ahead of us here in the playoffs, and to talk about any other opportunities is, to me, irrelevant. Because I’m totally focused on this season and what this season holds, and couldn’t be more excited to be here and be a New England Patriot and do the best job I can with the title that I have now.”
It’s great to hear that he is happy to be with the Patriots, and honestly, why wouldn’t he be? He gets to work for one of the best organizations in sports, and his offense features guys like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Wes Welker among the many stars he gets to coach.
My biggest thing with the rampant rumors about Josh McDaniels taking Pat Shurmur’s position once again (he replaced him as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator last year) is that McDaniels isn’t head coaching material. At least not yet. It didn’t seem like he was ready to be a head coach during his poor (but sometimes exaggerated) stint with the Denver Broncos, because I think he alienated a few players and hasn’t been fully groomed yet. In order to succeed as a head coach in this league, the offensive guru needs a solid defensive mind at the coordinator position in order to help back him up and keep the defense going.
It’s great to hear that McDaniels is happy with the Patriots, and I love that he is completely focused on this year. Why shouldn’t he be? I mean, the Patriots look ready to win another Super Bowl.
You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.