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Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/21/1976

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PFT's Mike Florio has been "told" that Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will stay in New England until coach Bill Belichick retires.
Knocking on the door of Thanksgiving, coaching news will start hitting the news cycle more over the next month. McDaniels' name always comes up as someone teams covet to give him a second chance, but he seems to really want to stick with New England and take over the post once Belichick walks away. McDaniels has been loosely linked to Detroit and Tennessee over the past calendar year due to his connections with GMs Bob Quinn and Jon Robinson. Nov 20 - 9:37 PM

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Yahoo! Sports' Shalise Manza Young reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will be the top head coaching candidate for Jon Robinson once he is named Titans general manager.

Robinson is expected to be announced Thursday. Robinson is currently the Bucs director of player personnel, but he spent 12 seasons with the Patriots. He will have to fight off Lions GM Bob Quinn, who is himself a former Patriot, for McDaniels' services, but Tennessee might offer a better situation. The Titans have Marcus Mariota, some foundational talent on defense, and the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported early in January the Titans "would be particularly appealing" to McDaniels.
Jan 14 - 9:18 AM

The Detroit Free Press reports "some people believe" that new Lions GM Bob Quinn is targeting Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as a head coach.

The Lions haven't made a decision on whether to retain Jim Caldwell, but there's an obvious Patriots connection between Quinn and McDaniels. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Caldwell's job "isn't safe." McDaniels has turned down interviews ahead of New England's Divisional Round matchup, so the Lions can take their time on Caldwell's future. Caldwell's schemes/principles have looked largely outdated, with Detroit's offense ranking in the bottom-half of the league this year despite a strong finish. With Adam Gase going to Miami, McDaniels and Hue Jackson are the top offensive coaches available.
Jan 9 - 2:24 PM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will not interview for head coaching jobs this week.

McDaniels has gotten plenty of buzz and is reportedly interested in the Titans' job, but he is focused on the Pats' second-round matchup. McDaniels will have several other windows to interview even if the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl, but he could also choose to eschew any interviews until New England's season is finished. McDaniels has rehabbed his image after a tough stint as the Broncos head coach. He can likely land a lead job if he so desires this cycle.
Jan 8 - 10:41 AM

ESPN's John Clayton reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is interested in the Titans' head-coaching job.

The Titans' gig is likely pretty appealing to many coaches. They have a quarterback in Marcus Mariota, cornerstone LT Taylor Lewan, and up-and-coming potential No. 1 WR Dorial Green-Beckham, along with complementary WR Kendall Wright. On defense, RE Jurell Casey is one of the better 3-4 ends in the league, and OLB Brian Orakpo had seven sacks. McDaniels has been looking for the right opportunity since he failed badly as the Broncos' coach.
Jan 7 - 10:30 AM

The Dolphins have requested head-coaching interviews with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, Patriots DC Matt Patricia, and Bills RBs coach/assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.

The former Jets' GM, Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum is proactively tapping into the New England organization. New GM Chris Grier has history with the Patriots, and McDaniels and Patricia obviously do. Lynn would satisfy the Rooney Rule and has history with Tannenbaum from New York. Lynn could become an offensive coordinator candidate depending on the next head coach.
Jan 4 - 12:48 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Titans and Giants' head-coaching jobs "would be particularly appealing" to Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels failed miserably as the Broncos' head coach across 18 games from 2009-2010 before being canned, but his leadership and people skills have allegedly improved greatly since then. He'll turn 40 in April, and McDaniels has been connected to openings the past couple years. He's been ultra-picky, however, as he awaits the perfect opportunity. And McDaniels can afford to do so as long as Tom Brady is still around in New England. Some also believe McDaniels is the head-coach-in-waiting once/if Bill Belichick ever retires.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 06:28:00 PM

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.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Jan 4, 2015 09:27:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jan 2, 2015 02:55:00 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

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