Patriots' McDaniels, Judge granted permission to interview for head coaching jobs

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The New England Patriots will indeed allow Josh McDaniels and Joe Judge to interview for vacant head coaching positions around the National Football League, a league source confirmed to the Boston Globe's Jim McBride. For McDaniels, that'll mean interviews with the Browns, Giants, and Panthers, while Judge will also interview with the Giants.

There's already been a ton of chatter linking McDaniels to the Browns -- the Haslams are rumored to be big fans of McDaniels and there's even talk of the Browns offering McDaniels, an Ohio native, a "Belichick-like" role to get him to leave the Patriots for the hometown team -- while Judge's link to the Giants comes just one year into splitting special teams coach and wide receivers coach duties for the Pats.

McDaniels, for what it's worth, had little interest in talking about anything other than his current duties with the Patriots when meeting with the media this past Monday.

"Honestly, it’s pretty easy for me in terms of my formula: I’m the offensive coordinator of the Patriots," said McDaniels. "We have a lot of work to do, we can improve in a lot of areas to try to get ready for this week – our biggest game of the year against, certainly, the best team we’ve played since a postseason game.

"Our players deserve that, our coaches deserve that, and that’s what they’re going to get from me."

But McDaniels has found the right date for his interviews, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, as he will interview with those three teams in New England on Jan. 10.