Report: ’50-50 chance’ Josh McDaniels returns to Patriots
Josh McDaniels was poised to take another spin on the NFL head coaching carousel, but how he is believed to have mishandled teams’ interest in him could ultimately lead to staying with the New England Patriots.
There is reportedly a “50-50 chance” McDaniels returns to the Patriots as offensive coordinator next season, according to Courtney Fallon of WEEI.
This all stems in large part due to the confluence of two factors: McDaniels’ “all-in” efforts to land the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching job and how that interest meant he effectively “botched” the chances to fill vacancies available with the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants.
McDaniels was originally scheduled to interview with the Panthers on Tuesday, Giants on Wednesday and Browns on Thursday, only to see Carolina and New York fill their head coaching positions in quick succession on Tuesday. With the Browns the lone NFL team still without a head coach, McDaniels’ options quickly diminished.
That said, McDaniels is believed to be intrigued by the opportunity to land with the Browns. An Ohio native, McDaniels is said to have expressed interest in working with Baker Mayfield.
Making the Browns job even more attractive for candidates is how the team is waiting to fill the general manager position vacated by John Dorsey until the organization receives the new head coach’s input.
There is no shortage of viable candidates competing for the Browns job, however, as noted by ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Browns’ upcoming interview schedule:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2020
Wednesday: Eagles DC Jim Schwartz.
Thursday: Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski.
Friday: Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Already interviewed: Eric Bieniemy, Greg Roman, Robert Saleh.
Browns want to have a deal in place by Saturday, per sources.
It has become an annual tradition for McDaniels to be among the hottest names on the head-coaching market. That said, the manner in which he reneged on a deal to become the Indianapolis Colts’ head coach in 2018 has given some organizations pause over the years.
Further, it seems this year, McDaniels’ focus on the Browns job may have compromised opportunities elsewhere.