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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reacts before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Josh McDaniels and the Texans could still be a thing. Ditto Nick Caserio.

Houston is searching for its next head coach and GM after firing Bill O’Brien recently, so naturally there are fresh rumors involving both McDaniels and Caserio as a possible package deal. The presence of former Patriots character coach Jack Easterby, who has risen in the Texans organization since joining them and is playing a big role in the search, adds fuel to that fire.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano, Easterby’s role with the Texans has “fueled some speculation of a Nick Caserio/Josh McDaniels pairing in Houston, but McDaniels still carries some baggage from the Indianapolis fiasco of a couple of years ago.” Some further reporting on the situation:

McDaniels is a guy on whom you’d have to sell ownership if you wanted to hire him, which we aren’t even sure Easterby does. Easterby and McDaniels did have a relationship when in New England together, so the connection is worth watching. And winning with Cam Newton at quarterback the season after Tom Brady left would remind everybody why McDaniels is so well regarded as an offensive mind in the first place.

If Josh McDaniels can still get a new head coaching job in the NFL, the Texans make a lot of sense. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

If Josh McDaniels can still get a new head coaching job in the NFL, the Texans make a lot of sense. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

If the whole Colts thing remains a roadblock to McDaniels getting another head coaching gig, then logically why would it ever not be? So for the sake of this topic, let’s assume McDaniels will draw fresh interest from teams looking for a head coach. McDaniels would make about as much sense as any candidate across the league, considering his experience with talented quarterbacks and offensive creativity. He’d likely be a more aggressive play-caller, which would be a breath of fresh air after the O’Brien era.

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Caserio, meanwhile, recently signed a multi-year extension with the Patriots after the Texans had previously shown interest. So Caserio may not be available in the first place. But if Easterby and the Texans want Caserio badly enough, it may take a unique kind of deal to pry him out of Foxboro.

This is certainly a situation to monitor, especially considering that the Patriots lack obvious internal candidates to replace McDaniels and/or Caserio next season.

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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? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.