The 2022 offseason has been a quiet one for New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels so far. Despite helping Mac Jones make the transition from the college level to the NFL last season, McDaniels has not been invited to any head coaching interviews.
Whereas fellow Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo has received two requests, none have come McDaniels’ way so far. It remains to be seen whether or not this inactivity will continue, but there appears to be some momentum building behind the scenes — at least if CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones is to be believed:
A name that keeps getting floated for the Raiders head-coaching position is Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. Haven't heard much about him this cycle and would take some circumstances all coming together to pry him loose, but keep an eye on Vegas.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 20, 2022
After parting ways with head coach Jon Gruden during the season, the Las Vegas Raiders reached the playoffs while led by interim option Rich Bisaccia. Despite Bisaccia’s success, however, they are still actively looking for a new head coach as well as a new general manager.
As part of this process, Las Vegas has also reached out to the Patriots: the team requested interviews with Mayo and with director of player personnel Dave Ziegler for the vacant GM spot. No request has been made regarding McDaniels as of yet, but there is still plenty of time for that to happen with New England out of the playoffs.