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Report: Josh McDaniels among hottest head-coaching candidates

Josh McDaniels reportedly will be among the hottest names for NFL teams looking for a new head coach this coming offseason, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

McDaniels’ status as a viable candidate continues despite the controversial manner in which the New England Patriots offensive coordinator reneged on a deal to become the Indianapolis Colts’ head coach last offseason.

┬áThe notion that McDaniels would be viewed as a potentially toxic candidate in light of the Colts’ arguably could be viewed with some skepticism given his name already has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Mike McCarthy in Green Bay should the Packers move on from the longtime, yet beleaguered, head coach.

What’s more, McDaniels is said to be intrigued by moving on from the Patriots should an attractive head-coaching opportunity present itself, per multiple sources close to the situation.

McDaniels’ offensive acumen makes him a compelling candidate despite the presence of arguable red flags, especially in light of how 11 of the 13 coaching hires over the past two offseasons were given to offensive-minded coaches, a sign of how the NFL now skews to focusing upon that side of the ball.

The decision by McDaniels to spurn the Colts inspired speculation that perhaps he preferred to stay on as Bill Belichick’s heir apparent and take over once the longtime head coach decides to retire. Nothing is certain on that front in any sense, even though rumblings arise from time to time about how long Belichick plans to continue coaching.

Perhaps McDaniels will seriously consider moving on from New England this coming offseason given the right situation. Then again, given what occurred last season, perhaps not. That said, McDaniels’ name is expected to be bandied about either way.