Is Josh McDaniels willing to stick it out in New England until Bill Belichick retires? That's apparently what the NFL's Career Development Advisory Panel believes.
According to Pro Football Talk, the panel -- which compiles a list of candidates for coaching vacancies every year -- is under the impression that McDaniels doesn't want a head coaching job unless it's in New England.
McDaniels has been left off of the panel's preliminary list of candidates -- a list that includes McDaniels' co-worker Matt Patricia, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
"As one source explained it," PFT's Mike Florio writes, "McDaniels was left of the list because the thinking is that he’s intent on staying at New England until coach Bill Belichick retires, succeeding Belichick as the team’s head coach."
It's a puzzling take. Bleacher Report ran a piece earlier this season that seemed to make it clear that McDaniels was ready for a head-coaching position right now. And because it doesn't appear like Belichick is ready to retire any time soon, it would logically follow that McDaniels would consider a move.
Does the Career Development Advisory Panel have some insight into McDaniels' plans? Or Belichick's? PFT points out that this year the panel includes Tony Dungy, Charley Casserly, Carl Peterson, Bill Polian, Jimmy Raye Sr., James Harris, Ernie Accorsi, Dick Daniels and John Madden.