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Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/21/1976

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Multiple league sources tell CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that Patriots OC Josh McDaniels' candidacy for the Falcons' head-coaching vacancy is being "championed" by GM Thomas Dimitroff and top assistant Scott Pioli.
Both Dimitroff and Pioli worked with McDaniels in New England. La Canfora suggests Dimitroff and Pioli's futures could be tied to whether or not McDaniels is hired. Rex Ryan is believed to rank high on owner Arthur Blank's candidates list, but obviously has no ties to Dimitroff or Pioli. If Blank opts for Ryan over McDaniels, it could create tension in Atlanta's front office. Jan 4 - 9:27 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is interviewing for the Falcons' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

The 49ers will interview him on Saturday. McDaniels seems serious about rejoining the NFL's head-coaching ranks; otherwise, he'd likely spurn interviews and vow to "focus on our team's playoff run." McDaniels knows Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff from their time together in New England. McDaniels had a lot of personnel say during his HC stint in Denver. He wouldn't get that in San Fran.
Jan 2 - 2:55 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons and 49ers have requested permission to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancies.

McDaniels is a hot name for coaching vacancies now that the stink has worn off from his two seasons as the Broncos' head coach from 2009-2010 when he composed an 11-17 record. McDaniels will certainly be looking for the perfect fit since he can't afford another mess-up. The next head-coaching job he takes may be his last. In Atlanta, he'd have 2-3 dynamite building blocks in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and potentially LT Jake Matthews. McDaniels also has a history with GM Thomas Dimitroff and assistant GM Scott Pioli from their New England days.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 06:26:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the 49ers are looking for a young offensive specialist to replace Jim Harbaugh as head coach.

49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula was originally believed to be the favorite to replace Harbaugh, but after watching quarterback Colin Kaepernick regress over the course of 2014, San Francisco may look to someone more offensively minded to lead the ship. Mort specifically mentioned Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Broncos OC Adam Gase as possible candidates.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:11:00 AM

The Boston Herald passes along a report from that the Florida Gators are "vetting" Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for their vacant head-coaching position. is a respected source in the college ranks. The Gators "fired" coach Will Muschamp last month, though he'll coach through the end of the season if the 6-5 Gators go to a bowl game. McDaniels has been picky with his coaching interviews since getting canned by the Broncos in 2010. Understandably so. He may only get one more chance after his Denver disaster. We'd consider him unlikely to leave New England for Florida.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 07:37:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms Patriots OC Josh McDaniels remained in the running for the Browns' head-coaching vacancy "right up until the end."

There was a big to-do when McDaniels "withdrew" from consideration to replace Rob Chudzinski, but he reportedly requested to re-enter the mix "within about 24 hours." According to reporter Mary Kay Cabot, McDaniels' candidacy was a point of contention between since fired GM Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner. Cabot believes McDaniels was likely the Browns' other "mystery finalist" alongside Mike Pettine, and not Seahawks DC Dan Quinn. McDaniels should hop right back on the coaching carousel in 2015.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 03:10:00 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports the Browns had "more conversations" with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels this week.

The "conversations" ostensibly concerned Cleveland's head-coaching vacancy, as Grossi reports McD is "possibly back in (the) mix" to succeed Rob Chudzinski. Bills DC Mike Pettine continues to be viewed as the favorite, but there's been more than one indication the Browns aren't in love with that idea. GM Mike Lombardi does love McDaniels, and we suspect he'd prefer him to Pettine.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 04:07:00 AM

According to Profootballtalk, "at least one league insider" believes Patriots OC Josh McDaniels could still end up the Browns' head coach.

It's hard to believe McDaniels would go back on his word after so publicly committing to the Patriots for 2014, but stranger things have happened. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, McDaniels only withdrew his name from consideration to replace Rob Chudzinski after learning he wasn't the frontrunner for the job. The odds are high McDaniels remains with the Pats for 2014, but as the Chip Kelly saga proved last year, anything is possible.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 08:10:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the Browns' next head coach.

Per Schefter's source, McDaniels had "an awesome" interview with the Browns over the weekend, but it "isn't the right time for him to become a head coach." McDaniels knows he likely only has one more head-coaching shot after his disaster run in Denver, so he needs to make sure it's the right one. Cleveland doesn't have a quarterback or a running back, the Browns brass seems to be a bit dysfunctional, and McDaniels already has a cushy gig coaching Tom Brady. Taking all those things into account, McDaniels is going to keep waiting. He's only 37 years old and could be in line to succeed Bill Belichick.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 01:59:00 PM

The Browns are scheduled to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy Saturday.

McDaniels is considered the favorite for the job thanks to his ties to northeast Ohio and affection of GM Mike Lombardi. The bigger question is if he's willing to leave his job with the Patriots for The Factory of Sadness. The interview will take place in the New England area as McDaniels prepares for the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Other Browns candidates reportedly include Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, Broncos OC Adam Gase, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt HC James Franklin.
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 07:56:00 AM

The Patriots have granted the Browns permission to interview OC Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy.

That interview will likely take place this week, as McDaniels is only allowed to interview for head-coaching jobs up through Sunday due to the Patriots being in the playoffs. Early indications are that McDaniels is the overwhelming favorite to take over as Rob Chudzinki's successor in Cleveland.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 01:13:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are "pushing" to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy.

Per RapSheet, the soonest McDaniels can interview is January 5. Browns GM Mike Lombardi is known to be a huge fan of McDaniels, penning a defense of McD's failed tenure as the Broncos' head coach while Lombardi worked for McDaniels is the tentative favorite to be Cleveland's next head coach.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:48:00 PM

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