The offensive coordinator's resume includes success with Tom Brady and a fistful of Super Bowl rings. Ordinarily, that combination would make NFL general managers salivate as they begin to contemplate coaching changes.
But after what happened to Josh McDaniel and the Indianapolis Colts last February, has enough time passed for his success to outweigh the ugliness of his nanosecond tenure with Indy?
McDaniel's "is open to potential head coaching opportunities," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, and he's reportedly on the Cleveland Browns Hue Jackson, who was fired last week. That's an interesting development, given that McDaniel's what set to become the coach of the Colts before backing out the night before he was introduced to a news conference. McDaniels, 42, opted to remain in New England and reportedly became the league's highest paid coordinator when he agreed to a five-year deal with the team. Bill Belichick's heir apparent, although Belichick, at 66, shows no signs of retiring to his boat anytime soon.
In his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Kirk and Callahan" show Monday morning, Brady pointed out that McDaniel's remains under contract, not that anyone has stopped watching.
"Josh wants to have as much opportunity as anyone out there because he does the best in the league," Brady said. "Everyone is going to want that. I know the Patriots want him coaching for us. He's under contract with our team for a long time, and that's a great thing for the Patriots. "
Other possible Browns candidates include Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
The Browns, stocked with plenty of talent and a promising rookie quarterback in Baker Mayfield, wants to be an attractive destination, but there are other openings as well. McCarthy, for instance, is Aaron Rodgers, who has been aggressively questioning his head coach. Green Bay is wasting the prime of Rodgers, who turns 35 next month.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly "Nearing a breaking point" with Coach Dirk Koetter. Tampa Bay already fired his defensive coordinator and benchmarked quarterback Jameis Winston, and may have run out of people to blame.
Over the weekend, ESPN reported that the Ravens' John Harbaugh is on the hot seat; Sunday's loss to the Steelers can not help. Other teams that have the options include the Bills, Jaguars, Cowboys and even the Jets and Broncos. Still, Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin's what's on the hot seat?
In any case, NFL observers have not forgotten how the Colts' coaching search went down in February. "We were disappointed. Unquestionably, we were disappointed and surprised, "Colt's General Manager Chris Ballard told McDaniels the night before his Wednesday's introductory news conference. "We had an agreement in place [but no contract]; had two interviews. Both went very well. [We were] very confident even Tuesday morning. Then I got a call Tuesday evening saying he had changed his mind and what's going on in a different direction. "
In a five-minute phone call, Ballard said, McDaniel's told him he had "bad news" to deliver. "I just said, 'Are you in or out?'" The GM recalled, and that was what. Instead, McDaniel stayed in new England – in part, he said, because he did not want to uproot his four children from their schools.
The Patriots and Colts have a contentious history, including most notably the Deflategate drama the Colts prompted after a 2015 loss to New England in the AFC championship game. Ballard went on to make a smart trip to the Eagles' Frank Reich, but admitted to having a healthy memory.
"The rivalry," he told reporters in February, "is back on."
The McDaniels resume includes a stop as at NFL head coach in Denver. He's fired less than halfway through his four-year, $ 8-million deal after going 11-17.
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