The latest odds have revealed the most likely potential landing spot for Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as head coach.
The New England Patriots’ 2020 campaign came to an end in admittedly uplifting fashion, as they rebounded with a strong second half performance to dispose of the New York Jets and close the year at a respectable 7-9.
Fans are probably relieved this miserable season is finally over, but the drama is not even close to concluding. An absolutely colossal offseason looms in the future, and the Patriots are reportedly already getting busy in that department following the rumors that claim they’re already set on cutting ties with quarterback Cam Newton.
On top of making drastic roster changes, however, the Patriots might have to overcome losses to the coaching staff as well. It’s been reported numerous times throughout the last few weeks that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could become a hot commodity on the head coaching carousel.
After this year’s edition of Black Monday, there are now six head coaching vacancies — the Lions, Chargers, Falcons, Jets, Jaguars and Texans — that need to be filled. Well, BetOnline has just revealed their top landing spot for McDaniels and the answer probably won’t surprise you.
Per the oddsmakers, McDaniels has 7/1 odds to be the next head coach of the Chargers, 10/1 odds to take the same position with the Falcons and Jaguars, 16/1 odds to land with the Texans and 20/1 odds to join the Lions — who just struck out with another Belichick disciple in Matt Patricia.
In a vacuum, it makes sense why McDaniels, who said just last week that he wants to be a head coach again, has the best chance to team up with Justin Herbert in Los Angeles. The reigning No. 6 overall pick is fresh off a sensational debut campaign, setting rookie records for completions (396), passing touchdowns (31) and total touchdowns (36). He also fell just 39 yards short of setting the mark for passing yards by a rookie.
At this point, it isn’t hyperbolic to call him one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the entire NFL outside of some of the established superstars. Beyond the QB position, however, the Chargers also have elite talent at the all-important skill positions, including running back, wide receiver and tight end. The offensive line could certainly use some work, but that could be addressed in the draft or free agency.
This obviously doesn’t confirm that McDaniels will become the Chargers’ new head coach, but it’s totally understandable why oddsmakers tabbed them as his top landing spot as they arguably have the most appealing vacancy as far as roster talent is concerned.