In discussing Rex Ryan’s firing in Buffalo after two seasons, Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran noted on Patriots Wednesday Live that when management and a coaching staff don’t come into an organization together, disfunction can develop as each side tries to hang on.
Curran then turned the conversation to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who could encounter a similar situation if he is hired by an ownership group that already has decision-makers in place.
“Interestingly, as we look at Josh McDaniels and spitball about what his opportunities will look like, each of the three that have opened up right now -- Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Buffalo -- all have GMs in place,” Curran said, “so Josh McDaniels can’t go in there as the big ol’ swinging guy and say, ‘I’m going to do it this way’ with those people still in charge, so those teams would have to look at perhaps a second-level housecleaning before Josh McDaniels says, ‘Yeah, I feel comfortable going there.’”
McDaniels is currently in his second stint with the Patriots. He left the team in 2009 to become the Broncos’ head coach, but was fired 12 games into his second season with the team. He then served as the Rams’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2011 season, but the Rams allowed him to leave to take the same position with the Patriots.
Greg Bedard said on Felger and Mazz this week that he’s hearing that McDaniels is “as good as gone” when it comes to taking a head-coaching job in the coming offseason.