New England Patriots

Tom Brady talks with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

Multiple sources tell Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio that the Patriots are preparing for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to leave.

Not that it’s a big shock that the Patriots are making sure they’re ready for the time McDaniels finally departs. But it’s noteworthy that they are treating his departure like a real possibility at this point.

McDaniels interviewed with the Green Bay Packers last Friday, and there’s been mixed reports about the level of interest from the Cleveland Browns. There’s a good chance he’s the Packers’ first choice to be their next head coach.

At the end of the day, if McDaniels declines the opportunity to coach Aaron Rodgers, then it would be a wonder how much he really wants to be a head coach in the first place. But that’s hard to question at this point. If the Packers offer him the job, he’s probably going to take it.

If and when McDaniels does leave, that could make receivers coach Chad O’Shea the in-house favorite to succeed him as Patriots offensive coordinator. If de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores ends up taking an offer to become a head coach … that situation would be a little more murky.

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