At the beginning of the 2016-2017 season, Patriots fans were forced to start imagining a world without Josh McDaniels. In September, McDaniels announced he would be open to interviewing for the head coaching position for several different teams. McDaniels interviewed with the Rams and the Jaguars, but the most probable option was the San Francisco 49ers.
However, after a lot of thinking and speaking with his family, it is all but confirmed that McDaniels will remain with the Patriots, at least for now.
Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, was also creating some buzz as a head coach candidate, but it was announced that he would also remain a Patriot. Although McDaniels was the more likely of the two to land a head coaching job, it was a possibility that New England would need to replace both coordinators for next season. Now that concern is a thing of the past.
With the youth of Patricia (42) and McDaniels (40) there is no doubt that their services will be sought after in the future. McDaniels had already left the Patriots to coach the Broncos back in 2009, but lasted just 28 games before being fired. The short tenure in Denver may be of some concern to owners around the league, but serving under Belichick for so many years is definitely seen as an advantage by other owners.
With the news of McDaniels and Patricia remaining in New England, this will mark the 6th straight season with this pair of coordinators. Over that stretch the Patriots have a record of 75-21, while scoring 2,888 points and allowing just 1,889. They have reached the Super Bowl twice, winning once, and have never failed to reach the AFC Championship game. So while it won't last forever, Patriots fans can enjoy the elite trio of Belichick, McDaniels and Patricia for a little while longer.