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Breer: McDaniels 'likely' going to 49ers; Patricia may not get offer

Breer: McDaniels 'likely' going to 49ers; Patricia may not get offer

One will go, one will stay.

If MMQB.com's Albert Breer is correct, that's what's likely to happen with the two Patriots coordinators. He believes Josh McDaniels has a 'fantastic' shot at being named coach of the 49ers, but doesn't think Matt Patricia will get an offer from the Chargers.

Those are the two jobs Breer believes will still be open after today, as he believes "there's a pretty decent possibility the Bills hire Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott today, there's a good possibility the Broncos hire Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph today, and I think there's a good chance the Rams hire Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay today." With Jacksonville already having hired Doug Morrone, "[that] would leave San Francisco and San Diego."

"I think Josh has got a fantastic shot [at the 49ers' job]," Breer told Gary Tanguay on Patriots Wednesday Live. "And I've said this before, I think that's Josh's pick, too . . . Of the [three teams he interviewed with], I think that was the one he preferred. Because you don't have a sitting GM, like you have in L.A. and like you have in Jacksonville. And it doesn't matter what you think of the quarterback. You're going to be able to go and pick your own. Whereas if you go to Jacksonville, you got to live with Blake Bortles. If you go to L.A., you got to live with Jared Goff. 

"I think Josh can look at that San Francisco situation and say, 'I'm coming in with my own GM, I get to pick my own quarterback, and this is a situation where there aren't bad contracts that I can't get out of.' In essense, San Francisco's like an expansion team. So that's why I think Josh preferred the San Francisco job over the Jacksonville job, over the Los Angeles job, from the start. 

"That's why I think the likelihood is that he winds up there."

Patricia interviewed with the Chargers and Rams, but Breer doesn't think he'll get an offer.

"San Diego ran analystics before they [interviewed candidates] and their analytics showed that you've got a much better shot if you're hiring a guy that's got head-coaching experience," he said, later adding: "The other criteria is that you have a willingness to keep their offensive staff. They like their offensive staff . . . And that would [lead] you to believe that Mike Smith, the former Falcons coach, the current Bucs defensive coordinator, would be the front-runner there."

Nate Solder says Super Bowl rematch talk nothing but a distraction

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Nate Solder says Super Bowl rematch talk nothing but a distraction

Remember how irate some of the Patriots veterans were after the first game of the season with where the team’s collective head was at? We heard it from Tom Brady. We heard it from Nate Solder. We heard it from Duron Harmon. 

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No one gave an example of the lack of preparation and intensity players supposedly engaged in. But the start-to-the-season mindset still rankles Solder to the point where he brought it up again this week.

When asked during Quick Slants about a Super Bowl rematch with the Falcons this Sunday, Solder visibly bristled and referred back to the start of the season.

“The first few games of the season, there was a lot of baggage drawn in from last season which really wasn’t helping anybody,” Solder said. “People are gonna bring all that stuff back up this week and it’s really just a distraction. They have different players, they have things going on that weren’t going on before, it’s a different part of the season. We really just have to work really hard to be prepared for a different team.”

We’ve beaten and re-beaten the dead horse pertaining to offseason expectations that turned into a millstone for this team.

Bu the unanswered question is why – for a team that’s had so many successful seasons and negotiated Super Bowl success prior to this year – did this year’s team fail to ignore the noise, as Solder indicates it did?

Was it the avalanche of positive pub? Other Patriots have been anointed but this year’s optimism outpaced any other defending champ’s propaganda because there wasn’t the same class of competition league-wide (it appeared) and the Patriots seemingly made moves to improve its roster. Did that get in their heads?

Was it the outflow of leadership caused by free agency, retirement and injuries? The loss of big personalities like Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Julian Edelman and pro’s pros like Logan Ryan and Rob Ninkovich may have been underrated.

What is clear is that, while it still irks Solder, Bill Belichick has moved on verbally flogging the team for its entitled approach and has taken a different approach. He’s now directing his ire at the people that put that juju on the team. 

The process continues Sunday night as the Patriots (and Falcons, for that matter) attempt to bury the ghosts of 2016 by confronting each other.

Patriots donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game

Patriots donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game

Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona is also an officer in the Navy. He was instrumental in having the team donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium.

As ESPN's Mike Reiss pointed out, Cardona and teammate Matthew Slater were behind the plan to provide the tickets. The military personnel will also be on the field before the game. 

"It's a number that far exceeded expectations," Cardona told Reiss. "It was a collaborative effort. I was talking to Matt Slater, we were thinking of ways to reach out, especially to our local military community, and show how much we value them. My point of view was, 'Let's give these men and women the experience of coming to a big game.' Let's get them a personal feel, them being our personal guests, guests of the team."

The 200 tickets were provided by Patriots players and coaches, who each receive two tickets to a home game and the opportunity to purchase others 

“My point of view was, 'Let's give these men and women the experience of coming to a big game,'“ Cardona said in Reiss' story. “Let's get them a personal feel, them being our personal guests, guests of the team.”