New England Patriots

Nov 11, 2018; Nashville, TN: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nov 11, 2018; Nashville, TN: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Green Bay Packers pulled a rare move on Sunday, firing head coach Mike McCarthy soon after they lost at home to the Arizona Cardinals. Firing a coach in-season is uncommon enough; doing it the way the Packers did was cold – but not necessarily undeserved.

Well, now the question is who the Packers will hire as a replacement head coach in the offseason. It’s not likely to be interim HC Joe Philbin. That would leave Josh McDaniels among the top candidates – in terms of hot rumors, anyway.

Reports have surfaced in recent weeks about McDaniels still showing interest in leaving the Patriots to be a head coach elsewhere, and apparently his spurning of the Colts isn’t going to stop that from possibly happening. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson, McDaniels has real interest in going from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers next year.

Jul 26, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

His interest is real enough, anyway, that he’s also drawing interest from potential assistants, according to Robinson. Some assistants already in the NFL have reportedly expressed interest in joining McDaniels if and when he leaves for Green Bay.

There’s not nearly as much of an indication from the Packers side of things that they’d even be interested in McDaniels in the first place. But if the Patriots offensive coordinator didn’t truly kill his chances of getting another head coaching job after what happened with the Colts, then he should certainly be considered a legit candidate to take over for the Packers.

McDaniels is expected to speak to reporters in a conference call on Tuesday morning at 11:15. That should be one of his most interesting calls to date.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.