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Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady look on from the sidelines during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady look on from the sidelines during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Josh McDaniels is once again a hot head coaching candidate for the 2019 season, and there are going to be at least eight openings across the NFL after “Black Monday”. Arguably the most attractive vacancy is in Green Bay, where the Packers are looking to pair quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a new head coach.

They have formally put in a request to interview McDaniels for their opening, as first reported by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe on Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter corroborated McBride’s report on Monday. The Packers are also requesting to interview Patriots linebackers coach/de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores, also for head coach.

UPDATES: According to the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Broncos became the third team to request to interview Flores for their head coach opening. And according to Adam Schefter, the Dolphins have also requested to interview Flores. … Per Ian Rapoport, McDaniels will interview with the Packers on Friday.

McDaniels went 11-17 in a season and change as Denver Broncos head coach, then briefly served as the Rams’ offensive coordinator before returning to New England in 2012. He infamously decided to stay with the Patriots in 2018 after previously agreeing to become head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He is reportedly showing mutual interest in the Packers job.

Flores, meanwhile, has the responsibilities of a defensive coordinator but not the official title. He is earning head coach interviews for the second straight season and it appears to be only a matter of time before he ascends to the top of a coaching staff, whether with the Patriots or elsewhere. He could still stick around in New England, and possibly put himself in line to eventually take over for Bill Belichick with the way he’s trending.

McDaniels is a different story at this point. He’s clearly still interested in becoming a head coach again sooner rather than later, and Green Bay could turn out to be his next stop. It’d be hard for him to turn down a chance to go from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers.

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.