According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has two interviews for vacant head coaching positions scheduled; the first one taking place today, the second one tomorrow:
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is interviewing with the Falcons today, and will interview with the 49ers tomorrow, per source— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 2, 2015
Per NFL rules, McDaniels, who was head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2010, is allowed to interview for coaching vacancies during the Patriots' first-round bye.
McDaniels has been linked to the 49ers for quite some time now, with reports saying that the team wanted him as early as 2011. The Falcons, on the other hand, are run by former Patriots front office members Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli; there are some ties between the organization and the 38-year old McDaniels in place.
On Monday, McDaniels said the following about drawing interest on the head coaching market:
I’ve said a number of times that I’m very happy [here]. I have one of the best jobs you could possibly have, and I’m just trying to do the best that I can here. My focus has been on the Patriots. It will stay on the Patriots right now.
ESPN's Adam Schefter had to say the following about the Patriots' offensive coordinator's chances of becoming a head coach:
I think the one thing that works against him is the fact that there are a lot of good candidates, and he’s going to be on a playoff team and is there going to be a team out there that’s willing to wait for him? I don’t know that that’s going to be the case.
McDaniels apparently is one of the hottest commodities on the market. It seems like a matter of when, not if, he leaves the Patriots to get another shot at being a head coach. If this move happens as early as after the 2014 season has to be seen.