You have to love these playoff bye weeks, right? So much fun.
According to multiple reports, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, the rest of the league is heavily interested in the Patriots' offensive and defensive coordinators for potential head coaching jobs. While the bodies have not even cooled yet, six teams, including the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars are currently searching for new head coaches.
According the Schefter, the 49ers and Jaguars have put calls into the Patriots to request to interview OC Josh McDaniels, while the Rams have requested to interview both McDaniels and DC Matt Patricia.
This should come as a surprise, as the market is thin for solid head coaches and McDaniels was a head coach with the Broncos back from 2009 to 2010.
For McDaniels, this is the last shot at becoming a legitimate NFL head coach. He crashed and burned with the Broncos, as I mentioned before, so one more unsuccessful tenure at the reigns of an organization could spell disastrous. It has long been believed that McDaniels would wait for Bill Belichick to retire in New England and simply take over for him, but even at 64 years old, Belichick looks to be in it for the long haul. McDaniels has been a wildly successful offensive coordinator in New England and I wish him all the best if he decides to move on to greener pastures. If I was McDaniels, however, I would think extremely hard about which job gives me the best opportunity to build a successful franchise and not just jump at the first offer that is given to me.
As for Patricia, I would be extremely surprised if he decides to leave after this season. The Cleveland Browns interviewed Patricia last year for their vacant head coaching position, but I believe they thought he did not have enough experience. And they are not exactly wrong for thinking that. Patricia has been in football since the late 1990s, but just became defensive coordinator in 2012. While he has had successful defenses like 2014 and 2016, he has not been able to have the sustained success as McDaniels. To be fair, McDaniels has had the best quarterback to ever live as a cornerstone piece in their scheme, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on as we move forward in this process. I believe Patricia will stay in New England, but there is a legitimate chance he is gone after the end of next season.
Expect to hear a plethora of rumors involving these two men, but I would be surprised if we get a definitive answer in either direction until the season is over, which is hopefully in Houston hoisting another Lombardi Trophy.