With the end of the regular season also comes the end of multiple head coaching and front office tenures across the NFL. Three of the teams looking to fill their vacancies have already expressed their interest in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to be their guy: the Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to CBS’ Jason LaCanfora, McDaniels has agreed to meet with all three of them this week:
Josh McDaniels has agreed to interview with the Rams, 49ers and Jaguars, who have already requested permission
Per NFL rules, coaches whose teams have been able to earn a first round playoff bye like the Patriots, are permitted to interview for open coaching spots between the conclusion of the regular season and the end of the wild card round next weekend. New England has to grant permission for McDaniels to do that but it would be a major surprise if it was denied.
San Francisco, which fired head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke yesterday, has not only set its eyes on McDaniels, according to Adam Schefter:
49ers requested interviews with Josh McDaniels for HC job, and Pats' Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio for GM job, per source.
Caserio, who is a John Carroll alum just like McDaniels, became the Patriots Director of Player Personnel in 2008. While head coach Bill Belichick serves as the Patriots’ de facto general manager, the 40-year old Caserio is his closest confidant when it comes to managing the roster.