Belichick says McDaniels has done 'solid job'


Belichick says McDaniels has done 'solid job'

A steady stream of NFL head coaches are cleaning out their offices for good on this Monday morning.

Will Josh McDaniels be moving into one of those offices soon? The likelihood certainly exists. The Patriots offensive coordinator is going to curry attention in at least a few NFL cities over the next month, Philadelphia and Cleveland are among the places that may show interest.

The fact the Patriots earned a bye means that, per NFL rules, contact with McDaniels can be made and an interview can be arranged during this "off" week.

I asked Bill Belichick on Monday to appraise the work of McDaniels this season.

"I do think that the end of the season last year was important, was good, because it gave him an opportunity to interact and see and be involved with first-hand where we were with some of those guys," said Belichick. "Some of them weren't here when he was here before."

McDaniels was hired by the Patriots last January after the coaching staff in St. Louis was jettisoned. McDaniels became the Rams offensive coordinator after an eventful year-and-a-half in Denver as the head coach.

McDaniels' offensive acumen is obvious. He's been the coordinator for Patriots teams that have put up two of the highest scoring seasons in NFL history.

"Josh, he does a good job in all areas," added Belichick. "Player evaluation, scheme, technique, playcalling. He's done a good job. I've been really fortunate with Charlie (Weis), Josh, Billy O'Brien. We've had really good offensive coordinators here along with the rest of the offensive staff because they all work together on it. There's a lot of things that they all contribute in addition to the coordinator. (Josh) has done a solid job for us, as all the assistants have.

"What you need to do in this league is improve," Belichick added. "You have to be a better team at the end than you are at the beginning. (The assistant coaches) worked hard to do that."

Asked if he believed McDaniels was a good candidate, Belichick answered, "As far as any other situation, I have no idea what somebody else is looking for or what their criteria is or what their situation is for that matter. As an outsider I really have no idea about what's going on somewhere else.

"As I said, I think Josh has done a great job this year along with the rest of the offensive staff and the rest of the coaches as well. As it relates to him. Solid job."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.