New England Patriots

Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots stands on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Things can change quickly in the NFL. Right now, the Las Vegas Raiders are demonstrating that fact in full force.

Late Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and director of player personnel Dave Ziegler were no longer the favorites to land the head coaching and general manager jobs in Vegas. However less than 24 hours later, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Raiders have officially requested to interview McDaniels on Friday, and that he is a “top candidate” for the job.

As for Ziegler, he conducted an interview with the Raiders earlier this week. SI’s Albert Breer noted that Vegas may view the pair as a package deal.

McDaniels’ current stint with the Patriots began in 2012, serving mainly as the offensive coordinator but also doubling as the quarterbacks coach for all but the 2020 season. He was also with the team from 2001-2008 – first becoming offensive coordinator in 2005 – before leaving to coach the Denver Broncos.

If McDaniels leaves, the Patriots could look both internally and externally for his replacement. Wide receivers coach Troy Brown stands out as likely the top candidate currently with the team. ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested current Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who was with the Patriots from 2007-2011, could be considered as well.

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