By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Josh McDaniels isn't going anywhere. Not this year, and maybe not any time in the near future either.
The Patriots offensive coordinator confirmed to reporters during a conference call in Foxborough on Tuesday that he's staying put in New England, and won't be pursuing a head coaching job elsewhere. This comes after the news that the Green Bay Packers chose Titans OC Matt LaFleur over him, and after McDaniels had also said he's had no contact with the Cleveland Browns despite rumors of mutual interest.
"The book is closed," said McDaniels. "I'll be [with the Patriots] moving forward."
No other head coach openings were realistic for McDaniels other than those two teams. It appears that they aren't any more interested in McDaniels than he would be in them.
This is great news for the Patriots, who could still be in danger of losing defensive play-caller Brian Flores in the offseason. McDaniels remains the most logical candidate to be Bill Belichick's successor, whenever the Hoodie decides to hang it up. As polarizing as he can be as a play-caller, McDaniels still has a great relationship with Tom Brady and it's hard to envision anyone doing that much better of a job than he will do with the offense moving forward.
At the end of the day, Brady will be happy with this. And McDaniels will be trusted to oversee the 2019 offense, which will be in a position to have to rebound from what was a step back in 2018. But if he still wants to be a head coach, he may simply have to wait Belichick out until he takes the reins.
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