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NFL rumors: Assistant coaches expect Packers, Josh McDaniels interest

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NFL rumors: Assistant coaches expect Packers, Josh McDaniels interest

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels currently coaches one of the best quarterbacks of all-time in Tom Brady, and some assistant coaches around the NFL are preparing for the possibility that he coaches another legendary QB in Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday after his team suffered an embarrassing defeat at home to the Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy was unable to maximize the extraordinary talent of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and given McDaniels' remarkable success with Brady, Green Bay would be wise to look at the Patriots coordinator as a potential upgrade.

And, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday morning, there are coaches already showing a willingness to work with McDaniels should he take his talents to Lambeau Field.

"A handful of NFL assistant coaches have indicated interest in joining a McDaniels-led coaching staff in Green Bay, according to sources who spoke to Yahoo Sports on Sunday," Robinson wrote. "So much so that at least one has pulled his name from consideration for a college coordinator position. While such a development doesn’t guarantee mutual interest between the Packers and McDaniels, it is an indication the Patriots assistant is maintaining a list of staff candidates if he chooses to depart New England."

This report is far from a surprise. McDaniels' name has been in the rumor mill for many head coaching positions in recent years, and he came extremely close to becoming the Indianapolis Colts head coach last offseason. 

The difference with the Packers is they have an elite quarterback and other good pieces to build a winner around. Most teams that are looking for new coaches don't have a player of Rodgers' caliber leading the offense. It could be an opportunity too good for McDaniels to pass on, if he's actually offered it, of course. 

Rodgers is 35 years old, but he doesn't show too many signs of slowing down, even if his 2018 stats are not on par with recent seasons. A better coach and a new offense could be the shot in the arm Rodgers and the Packers need to score more points.

There's also the allure of taking over the Patriots when Bill Belichick retires. McDaniels figures to be a candidate for that coaching job if he's still in New England when it happens, but would he want to wait out Belichick when an attractive job like the Packers could be an option after this season? We'll soon find out.

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Robert Kraft is at the NBA All-Star game with Mike Rubin

Robert Kraft is at the NBA All-Star game with Mike Rubin

As Celtics guard Kyrie Irving gets set to start for Team LeBron in the 2019 NBA, Robert Kraft appears to be in attendance with his friend Mike Rubin. 

Rubin is a co-owner of the 76ers, New Jersey Devils and an executive chairman for Fanatics, among other companies. He and Kraft have been friends for years, most notably when they both visited Meek Mill in prison and became outspoken on the United States' criminal justice system. 

Kraft and Patriots coach Bill Belichick are known for attending Celtics games from time-to-time so it's not new for the Patriots to have a presence whenever the Celtics are involved. 

The NBA All-Star game tips off at 8 p.m. EST in Charlotte. 

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2019 Daytona 500 highlights: Watch Julian Edelman wave green flag to start race

2019 Daytona 500 highlights: Watch Julian Edelman wave green flag to start race

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman's exciting offseason continued Sunday when he waved the green flag to begin the 2019 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Edelman is the latest NFL player to serve as the honorary starter at the "Great American Race." Check out a video of him waving the green flag in the Instagram post below:

It was just two weeks ago that Edelman and the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The 32-year-old veteran caught 10 passes for 141 yards and was named Super Bowl MVP -- the second Patriots wide receiver ever to win the award.

In the time since that victory, Edelman has gone to Disney World with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, he got his beard shaved on the "Ellen" show and he started NASCAR's most prestigious race in style.

It's safe to say Edelman is enjoying the spoils of victory following the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl title.

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