The NFL has yet again entered the stage of the season where non playoff teams are firing their coaches and searching for the next great head coach to bring their franchise back to prominence. Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is perhaps one of the hottest head coach candidates on the market. Last season, McDaniels shocked the NFL world by first accepting the Colts’ head coaching job but then at the last minute changing his mind in order to return to New England in his offensive coordinator role. The incident left a sour taste in not only the Colts’ mouth but with other executives across the league and many assumed it would affect McDaniels’ chances of getting another head coaching job. However, one year later, McDaniels is yet again the hottest head coaching candidate. To date, McDaniels has interviewed with the Packers and rumors have circulated about Cleveland being interested as well.
McDaniels has experience, he received his first head coaching chance with the Denver Broncos in 2009 where he lasted just one season. Since that time, he has returned to New England where he has been one of the best offensive coordinators and innovators in the league. McDaniels not only has a great football mind, but he also has proven to have a great relationship with quarterbacks. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady has spoken very fondly of McDaniels in the past and the two have an excellent relationship. All these factors put together, it is easy to understand why McDaniels is always highly coveted throughout the league. However, McDaniels is no easy hire. After learning from perhaps the best head coach ever, Bill Belichick, McDaniels knows exactly what situation is right for him and what situation is built for success. Aside from the Colts’ incident, McDaniels has never seemed to quiet find the right situation for him. This season, the Packers job looked to be a perfect fit for McDaniels and many in New England assumed that the Packers would make the hire. The Packers chose a different route though. They made Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur their new head coach and passed on McDaniels. This is great news for Patriots fans and team members. If McDaniels had decided to leave, New England would have been in a difficult spot. Quarterback Tom Brady is 41 years of age and certainly has no desire to learn a new offensive system or build a new relationship with a new coordinator. If McDaniels had left, there would have been a good chance that Tom Brady considered retirement at the end of this season. There has been speculation year after year about McDaniels’ next destination and the Colts’ situation raised many eyebrows as to what McDaniels’ motives truly are. However, earlier today McDaniels came out and said “the book is closed” on interviews for this year and that “I’ll be here moving forward.” Personally, I believe that McDaniels is playing a waiting game with current Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick. I believe the reason for McDaniels’ sudden change of heart last season with the Colts job was because someone high up in the Patriots organization informed him that Belichick does not have a lot of coaching time left and McDaniels would be in line to become the next head coach for New England.