Patriots

McGinest: McDaniels has no guarantee he'll succeed Belichick

McGinest: McDaniels has no guarantee he'll succeed Belichick

Josh McDaniels hasn't spoken publicly since he backed out of a deal to take the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job hours before his scheduled introductory press conference.

The Patriots offensive coordinator did, however, speak to ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest, now an NFL Network analyst. McGinest spoke about their conversation on "NFL Total Access" and said McDaniels told him there's "no handshake deal" that has McDaniels taking over for Bill Belichick when Belichick retires.

“No. Absolutely not," McGinest said when asked if McDaniels' new contract includes some kind of succession plan. “I listen to a lot of people talk about it like he’s taking over for Belichick in the next year or two. That’s Bill Belichick. Nobody’s just going to push him out of coaching. Ownership and Belichick have enough respect, especially Josh, for each other to know that that’s never going to happen. But there is a situation where at some point Belichick [who's 65] may retire, but it’s not going to be in the contract, and you’re not going to tell him when he’s going to retire. Too much respect and because he’s the greatest coach to ever do it, it’s never going to happen.”

McGinest said McDaniels told him, as has been reported, that the offensive coordinator came to his office at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, two days after the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, with the intention of packing up when "a conversation happened" with Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and McDaniels.

"There's no handshake deal [with Kraft that McDaniels will eventually take over]," McGinest said. "The thing with Josh is that Josh wanted stability. The best place for him, where he wanted to be, where he wanted to stay, was in New England.”

The other issue about designating a successor to a head coach is that it violates the NFL's "Rooney Rule" that stipulates minority candidates must be considered for head coaching openings. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids aren't exactly known for their subtlety. 

So when Sam Darnold and the Jets turned in an embarrassing performance at home against the Patriots — losing a 33-0 decision on Monday Night Football —you just knew there were going to be some brutal headlines.

The Daily News crushed Darnold for his performance after the quarterback threw for 86 yards while turning the ball over five times — a dreadful showing that added up to a woeful quarterback rating of 3.7

Pretty straightforward, especially compared to the Post, which seized upon Darnold's ill-fated mic'd up moment, in which he admitted he was "seeing ghosts."

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Post even included the graphic of "Sam's Spooky Stats." And considering how badly the game went for the Jets — a primetime home loss to the Patriots with horrible quarterback play — you have to wonder if Darnold's ghost comment will haunt him like the Buttfumble did for Mark Sanchez.

PERRY: Turning Point was Darnold's 'weakness' comment>>>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

usatsi_13551656.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts" against the New England Patriots defense during the first half of Monday night's 33-0 loss.

Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the ESPN broadcast showed him on the sideline making the surprising admission.

The 22-year-old quarterback explained what he meant by the ghosts comment, telling reporters after the game, "When I talk to the coaches, I've just got to be straight up. For me, I've just got to see the field a lot better, that's kinda what that means. It was a rough night out there. Obviously, I've got to be better and learn from the mistakes, but we will get better."

Darnold definitely didn't see the field well at all. He threw four interceptions, and each one happened as a result of a horrible throw/decision. The USC product also completed just 11 of his 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns.

In fairness to Darnold, the Patriots have made many quarterbacks look pretty bad this season, but his performance Monday was a new low. Darnold had a 3.7 passer rating, which is the lowest mark by an opposing quarterback against the Patriots in Bill Belichick's 21-year tenure as the team's head coach.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters that Darnold "learned a lot (Monday night)." He's certainly not wrong.

The next step for Darnold is taking this experience and using it to correct the weaknesses in his game that are holding him back from being a top-tier NFL quarterback.

Kyle Van Noy has priceless reaction to Darnold 'seeing ghosts'>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.