According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Patriots are bracing for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to leave, if he gets a head-coaching offer this offseason.
McDaniels is currently a candidate for the Browns, Giants and Panthers vacancies and it’s possible the Cowboys could set up an interview with him in the coming days/weeks.
While McDaniels previously agreed to become the Colts’ head coach before backing out of the agreement, Florio says the expectation this time around is that any verbal acceptance would quickly be followed by a signed contract to prevent a change of mind.
McDaniels is available to interview and sign a contract with a team right now, given that the Patriots were eliminated from the postseason.
McDaniels, 43, 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.
McDaniels agreed to become the head coach of the Colts a few years ago before later backing out of the agreement to remain in New England.
In 2019, the Patriots’ offense ranked No. 15 in total yards, No. 7 in points scored, No. 18 in rushing yards and No. 8 in passing yards.