The NFL coaching carousel can be fast moving. For Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and director of player personnel Dave Ziegler, the last few days were less of a carousel and more of a roller coaster.
According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, McDaniels and Ziegler went from “favorites” to be hired for the Las Vegas Raiders’ open head coach and general manager jobs to maybe being out of the running in about a day. “There was a strong buzz Tuesday morning around a Patriots duo of Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels coming to Las Vegas as the Raiders’ new general manager and head coach. But 24 hours later, that seems to have been quickly muted,” Tafur wrote Wednesday afternoon.
Tafur goes on to say that McDaniels had gone as far as calling coaches around the league, preparing to build a staff, but now “it seems Ziegler and McDaniels are not the leaders in the clubhouse anymore.” It’s unknown what issue or issues caused the change in momentum. The Raiders are expected to continue to interview candidates through the end of the week.
For both Ziegler and McDaniels, the Raiders could represent their last chance at new jobs in this hiring cycle. Although Ziegler reportedly drew interest from other teams including the Vikings and Broncos, those jobs have since been filled. Las Vegas is the lone remaining team looking for a general manager. As for McDaniels, the Raiders are the only team he’s been linked to this year.
Ziegler and McDaniels aren’t the only members of Bill Belichick’s staff linked to openings in Vegas. Current inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo interviewed for the head coaching job on Tuesday. However, there is no mention of Mayo in Tafur’s report beyond that fact. Mayo also interviewed with the Denver Broncos and is expected to speak with the Houston Texans.
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