If the Rams are wondering how they might be able to one day build an organization that looks like the Patriots, they should get some insight on Saturday.
According to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, both Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels will interview for the Rams head-coach opening this weekend.
Saturday is shaping up to be a busy day for both Patriots coordinators, in fact.
Patricia is also scheduled to interview for the Chargers job on Saturday. Meanwhile, in addition to the Rams interview, McDaniels will sit down with the 49ers and Jaguars to talk about their head-coaching vacancies on Saturday.
The Patriots will practice on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, and players will likely be given the weekend off, making Saturday a logical time for both Patricia and McDaniels to get their interviews in.
For Patricia, this is the second consecutive year that he'll be interviewing for a head coaching gig. Last year around this time he interviewed for the open job in Cleveland.
The Chargers job could be an interesting one for the 42-year-old given that it could conceivably allow him an opportunity to compete right away. The San Diego roster features veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, young and talented offensive skill-position players, and a defense that ranked fourth in the league in takeaways this season. The Chargers may soon be on the move to Los Angeles, however, which could factor into the decision-making process for any coach considering the jump.
For McDaniels, 40, the Jaguars job may be intriguing given some of the young talent on both sides of the ball, including receiver Allen Robinson and corner Jalen Ramsey. As far as the 49ers are concerned, they will be on their fourth coach in as many years under owner Jed York, but it's a franchise with a rich history that is not handcuffed to a quarterback and will provide its next coach with the chance to build an organization from the ground up.
When it comes to the job that both McDaniels and Patricia will be interviewed for, the Rams, how they feel about the opportunity could be tied directly to how they feel about quarterback Jared Goff. The No. 1 overall pick last season has three years remaining on his rookie deal and figures to be the centerpiece of an offense that was last in the league in points scored this season (14.0). On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams have some good young talent including arguably the best defensive player in the league in defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Both McDaniels and Patricia should have a fresh start on any research they do for the Rams opening as they helped the Patriots beat LA at Gillette Stadium last month, 26-10.