Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 


The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability. 

No prop bet? Kansas City mayor says Marty Walsh is ducking

No prop bet? Kansas City mayor says Marty Walsh is ducking

We've been having some trouble arranging prop bets lately here in Boston.

First, it was Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker firing up the crowd at last fall's World Series victory parade and announcing that California Governor Jerry Brown "never got back to us" about a prop bet, perhaps because "Maybe they knew what was going to happen."

Now, it seems Kansas City Mayor Sly James -- no stranger to the friendly poilitican's prop bet, between the recent championship runs for the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC -- is having trouble getting a return volley from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Any sort of BBQ-for-chowder arrangement won't be coming from the Mayor's office, James told reporters at a press conference Thursday, claiming, "Marty doesn't bet on games because every time Marty makes a bet they lose."

"So I tried to talk Marty into making another bet," he continued. "He wouldn't do it."

After assuming office in January 2014, Walsh indeed lost his first two prop bets with other Mayors -- the 2014 AFC Championship won by the Denver Broncos, and a Stanley Cup Playoff series between the bitter rivals Boston Bruins and Monteal Canadiens. He hasn't made one since.

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