Tom Brady endorses Josh McDaniels as head-coaching candidate
The two may not see eye-to-eye all the time, but Tom Brady on Wednesday gladly touted Josh McDaniels’ bona fides as a potential head coaching candidate.
McDaniels is among the hottest head coaching candidates heading into the offseason. The New England Patriots offensive coordinator reportedly is expected to interview for the New York Giants’ vacant coaching position on Friday. And Brady wholeheartedly endorsed McDaniels for any currently available head-coaching job.
“I haven’t spoken to Josh about that, but I can understand obviously why people would have those guys at the top of their list,” Brady said on WEEI radio. “Josh has done an incredible job. He’s an incredible coach and a great friend.
“This is that time of year where coaches get an opportunity. A lot of coaches got fired, and that means other guys will get hired. You want to take the good ones. We have some great coaches, and Josh has been such a great coach for me. All those things sort themselves out. I am sure he will be focused on our team and what he needs to do to help us win just like everyone else will when the time comes.”
McDaniels of course didn’t enjoy much success during his first stint as an NFL head coach. A hotshot prodigy when taking the Denver Broncos’ job ahead of the 2009 season, McDaniels posted an 8-8 record in his first season and was fired in 2010 after stumbling to a 3-9 record. That said, his résumé with the Patriots — over two stints, the first being from 2001-08 in various positions — speaks for itself, especially while serving as offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick since rejoining the team in 2012.
As noted, Brady and McDaniels have on occasion had their differences, but it’s clear the Patriots quarterback values McDaniels’ contributions to the Patriots’ unparalleled success throughout the duration of the organization’s dynasty.
Along with the Giants, McDaniels is expected to interview with the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears as the Patriots enjoy a first-round bye.