When the Patriots were on their bye week in the playoffs, both Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels had teams that were interested in them to become head coaches. McDaniels was a head coach with the Denver Broncos for nearly two seasons, however, he didn’t have much success. When he was hired by the Broncos, McDaniels was young and probably not quite ready to be a head coach. Now, he has gained more experience and was certainly qualified for jobs this offseason. Even though the San Francisco 49ers seemed like they were interested, McDaniels decided to withdraw his name from consideration.
While McDaniels appeared to be a bit more likely to leave, Patricia also drew interest from teams. The Patriots’ defense really improved in 2016, and a lot of that credit has to go to Patricia. After the 2017 season, both coordinators will likely be highly sought-after head coaching candidates.
For the Patriots next season, having both back will be great for their chance to win another ring. Talented coordinators don’t often get the credit they deserve. However, McDaniels and Patricia are two of the best in the business.