New England Patriots

Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels on the field before the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

It’s that time of year once again: Josh McDaniels rumor season.

Now in his ninth season as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator (and 12th overall if you count the years from his first stint with New England), McDaniels is back among those generating early buzz for some of the league’s current or upcoming head coaching vacancies, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

“[McDaniels], Raheem Morris and Jim Caldwell are the three retreads garnering early buzz,” Breer wrote. “Also, at 45, I think McDaniels is ready to take his second shot, even if that second shot isn’t perfect.”

There’s also a few teams that’ll be of potential interest to McDaniels, too. The Falcons, Texans, and Lions have all made in-season coaching changes and will be among those looking for a new voice this offseason. (McDaniels has already been linked to the Texans’ gig, currently held by Romeo Crennel, this season.) There’s also uncertainty with Anthony Lynn’s situation with the Los Angeles Chargers. Same for Philly’s Doug Pederson and the Jets’ Adam Gase.

And while some of the shine on McDaniels may have faded following his misstep with the Colts’ head coaching gig and New England’s offensive struggles following Tom Brady’s departure, the market alone suggests that McDaniels will absolutely have his options once again. But fit is going to be everything with McDaniels, as we’ve come to learn, as this next chance as a head coach may be his last after so-so runs with the Broncos and Rams, and with McDaniels in his mid-40s.

The McDaniels-led Patriot offense currently ranks 22nd in yards per game (342.2) and 23rd in points per game (22.8).

The Patriots, back even at 6-6 following a 45-0 shutout win over the Chargers on Sunday, will go head-to-head with the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on Thursday night.