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Josh McDaniels on head-coaching rumors: If it’s in the cards, ‘that’s great’

Josh McDaniels will be a hot commodity again this coming offseason as NFL teams seek to fill head-coaching vacancies.

On Tuesday, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator downplayed rumors concerning his future — most recently sparked by the Green Bay Packers firing Mike McCarthy — saying, “I don’t really worry about the future.”

Instead, McDaniels insists he’s solely focused on this coming Sunday’s road game against the Miami Dolphins.

“Honestly, each week is a tremendous challenge. We try to stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand, which this week is obviously considerable considering that we haven’t had a lot of success down there,” McDaniels said on a conference call Tuesday, as transcribed by NESN. “This is a big challenge for us.

“… All the other stuff is just — it is what it is. I don’t really pay too much attention to it. I love what we do here in terms of working hard to try to come up with the best plan for our players each week, and that’s where our focus is going to remain.”

A report last week suggested McDaniels remains one of the hottest names on the head-coaching market, despite the arguable red flags caused by how he reneged on a deal to become the Indianapolis Colts’ head coach last offseason. Further, McDaniels already was being tabbed as a potential replacement for McCarthy weeks before the Packers let go of their longtime head coach.

McDaniels nevertheless was ambivalent Tuesday concerning whether or not he’ll aggressively pursue a head-coaching job in the offseason.

“If that’s in the cards for me, then that’s great,” McDaniels said. “I’ve said that before. But again, I’m not worried about that right now.”

It’s entirely possible that McDaniels is headed nowhere due to having designs on being Bill Belichick’s heir apparent once the longtime coach decides to retire. That said, there has been no indication Belichick plans on hanging up his headphones anytime soon.

Whatever the case, McDaniels should expect questions about his potential interest in every available NFL head-coaching job until all the open positions are filled.