Patriots Rumors: Josh McDaniels to be considered for head coaching jobs

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Recent New England Patriots rumors involve offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is once again expected to be a popular name for head coaching vacancies.

There haven’t been too many New England Patriots rumors in recent weeks. With the NFL trade deadline well behind us, there has been more focus on the Patriots performance on the field than off of it. While the Patriots are gearing up for another potential playoff push, not all teams are.

Some teams are already prepping for the offseason. Not every team can make the postseason, so there are some teams whose playoff hopes have already been dashed. Some of those teams will be looking for new head coaches this offseason. That is where the most recent Patriots rumors come in.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there will be no shortage of interest in Patriots’ offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels. McDaniels has already been mentioned as a potential target for the Cleveland Browns, who parted ways with Hue Jackson earlier this season.

For some people, this news will be surprising. McDaniels looked like he was going to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts this past offseason. Like defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who joined the Detroit Lions as head coach,  it looked like McDaniels was going to leave for a head coaching job.

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How much did it look like McDaniels was gone? The staff around McDaniels was already being filled out around McDaniels. However, McDaniels had a change of heart at the last minute and decided to remain in New England.

It was a shocking turn of events and added to the rivalry between the Colts and Patriots. Given what happened with the Colts, the news about McDaniels being a popular candidate this offseason will surprise some people. When looking at the performance of the team, however, McDaniels should be as popular as ever.

The Patriots offense has remained a well-oiled machine despite constant changes. They came into the season with question marks along the offensive line and have been decimated by injuries at running back. Julian Edelman as suspended four games, they have had to integrate Josh Gordon into the system and haven’t had Rob Gronkowski at 100 percent.

Despite all of that, the offense has hummed. It helps when you have Tom Brady under center, but McDaniels deserves some credit as well for the job that he has done given the personnel on the team.

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Don’t be surprised if McDaniels finds a head coaching job this offseason. If there is a team that he believes he is a good fit for and they come calling, he will have to consider leaving New England again.