Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing multiple sources, reports that the Patriots are preparing for OC Josh McDaniels to leave this offseason
As of now, McDaniels has only interviewed for the Packers’ job and a report from earlier in the day (NFLTR) mentioned that he could be brought back for a second interview at some point.
The Browns are reportedly interested in McDaniels as well, but no meeting has been scheduled up to this point.
According to Florio, the thinking is that McDaniels will only interview with teams that he’d be willing to coach and if he’s offered the Green Bay job, the belief is that he’ll take it.
McDaniels, 42, began his NFL coaching career with the Patriots as a personnel assistant back in 2001. He worked his way up to offensive coordinator in New England before he departed for the Broncos head-coaching job in 2009.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go very well for McDaniels with the Broncos and he was fired during his second year with the team.
After a brief stint with the Rams as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, McDaniels returned to the Patriots and has been running their offense ever since.
Flores, 37, began his NFL coaching career with the Patriots back in 2004 as a scouting assistant. He has spent his entire career with New England and held a number of positions including Pro scout, special teams assistant, assistant offense/special teams, defensive assistant, safeties coach and linebackers coach.
The Patriots declined to promote Flores to defensive coordinator after losing Matt Patricia last year, but he served as the team’s de facto coordinator this season.
We’ll have more regarding McDaniels as the news is available.