Josh McDaniels moves up head coaching interview times after Patriots loss to Titans

Josh McDaniels moves up head coaching interview times after Patriots loss to Titans

Josh McDaniels will interview for head coaching jobs sooner than expected following the New England Patriots' Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.

The longtime Patriots offensive coordinator originally was scheduled to begin the interview process Friday, Jan. 10. But after an early exit from the playoffs, the 43-year-old has had a change of plans.

Now, McDaniels' interviews with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers will start on Monday, according to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic.

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McDaniels reportedly is the Browns' first choice to fill their head coaching vacancy after parting ways with Freddie Kitchens, but he'll have some competition. Cleveland also interviewed ex-Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and has strong interest in former Ohio State HC Urban Meyer, per reports.

The Panthers and Giants both are intriguing destinations for McDaniels following the firings of Ron Rivera and Pat Shurmur. Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is expected to interview for those positions as well this week.

McDaniels' future in New England is just one of the many uncertainties the Patriots are faced with this offseason. Several key players are set to hit the free-agent market, including 42-year-old quarterback Tom Brady.

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Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

Updated Patriots cornerback depth chart after Michael Jackson trade with Lions

The New England Patriots added even more depth to an elite group of cornerbacks Sunday by acquiring Michael Jackson in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

Jackson, who's listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. The Detroit Lions signed him off the Cowboys practice squad last season and he played in one game for the NFC North team.

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Here's an updated look at the Patriots' cornerback depth chart with Jackson in the fold:

--Stephon Gilmore
--Jason McCourty
--J.C. Jackson
--Jonathan Jones
--Joejuan Williams
--Michael Jackson
--Myles Bryant
--D’Angelo Ross

It should be noted that Justin Bethel is listed at cornerback, but most of his snaps come on special teams. 

A strong case could be made that cornerback is the deepest position on the Patriots roster. The group is led by Stephon Gilmore, who became the first Patriot ever to win the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019. Gilmore is the league's best cornerback and has earned first team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons. 

He's not the only talented cornerback in the Patriots secondary, though. 

J.C. Jackson excelled in coverage last season, too, especially on passes beyond 20 yards. In fact, Jackson had the lowest passer rating allowed when targeted of all cornerbacks in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.

One of the most intriguing players in the Patriots secondary is second-year cornerback Joejuan Williams. He was a second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019 but saw limited playing time as a rookie.

The depth of the Patriots defense has been hit hard in recent months due to free agent departures and veterans opting out of the 2020 season amid concerns over COVID-19. One position that has remained largely intact is cornerback, and barring any significant injuries, it could be the team's most productive position this coming season.

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

Patriots acquire CB Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

The New England Patriots have added another cornerback to their depth chart.

On Sunday, they announced they've acquired Michael Jackson from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick.

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Jackson was selected in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft (158th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys out of Miami. He started his rookie season on Dallas' practice squad before being signed by Detroit.

The 23-year-old played in only one game last season for the Lions.

Jackson joins a Patriots cornerback group that currently consists of Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, D'Angelo Ross, Justin Bethel, and Myles Bryant.