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NFL Rumors: Here's when Josh McDaniels will interview for Packers job

NFL Rumors: Here's when Josh McDaniels will interview for Packers job

Josh McDaniels has a lot on his plate in the early days of 2019.

The New England Patriots offensive coordinator is expected to interview with the Green Bay Packers on Friday for their head coach opening, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning.

The Packers requested permission Monday to interview McDaniels as they search for a replacement for Mike McCarthy, and it appears that permission was granted. Green Bay also reportedly wants to interview Patriots linebackers coach and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores, although we haven't heard if and when that interview will take place.

New England does have the benefit of the playoff bye week, as it secured the AFC's No. 2 seed and a spot in the Divisional Round with Sunday's win over the New York Jets. This time period typically is when head coach candidates conduct interviews, as McDaniels and Flores both spoke with suitors last January.

It appears both McDaniels and Flores will be putting that time to use, as the coordinators have received interest from a handful of NFL teams already.

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Wes Welker pushes back on merits of Bill Belichick's Patriots system

Wes Welker pushes back on merits of Bill Belichick's Patriots system

Just because Wes Welker played his best football in New England doesn't mean he enjoyed his Patriots experience more than any other.

The former Patriots wide receiver, now the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers coach, admitted Wednesday he felt a weight was lifted off his shoulders when he left New England in 2012.

"Maybe a little bit," Welker told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "I was still upset about it. I did want to be there, but there was part of me — I just like enjoying the game. I like having fun, all those things."

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Head coach Bill Belichick has established an unparalleled system of success in New England, but the "Patriot Way" can be demanding on players and isn't for everyone.

Now that Welker is in the coaching world -- he began as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2017 and joined the 49ers in 2019 -- he believes there's room for players to enjoy themselves while staying committed to winning.

"Coaching now, you learn a lot from the tactics and different things like that, but at the same time putting your own twist on it and understanding — I tell my guys all the time: ‘As long as we’re giving great effort and we’re on top of our assignments we’re going to be good. Once it’s not where we need to be, that is when we have problems,' " Welker said.

"I feel like you’re playing your best ball when you’re having fun and enjoying (yourself)."

Welker put up historic numbers with the Patriots, racking up 672 receptions over six seasons. He didn't always see eye-to-eye with Belichick, though -- remember the fallout from that "foot" press conference? -- and said Wednesday his New England tenure had some bumps along the way.

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“I think there were some times where I didn’t really feel that at times for different reasons — the guys that we had in the locker room, the camaraderie that we had was better some years than others," Welker said. 

" ... When you’re one of the highest-paid players on the team, you’re expected to deliver like a highly-paid player. There’s definitely pressure on that and all these different things is tough and it’s hard. Coach Belichick is hard on guys and tries to get the most out of him that he can."

Welker said in the same interview he wasn't surprised Tom Brady left the Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

Welker believes Brady was motivated by a desire to prove he can succeed outside New England, but it's not a stretch to think Welker sympathized with Brady for wanting a fresh start after 20 years with Belichick.

"The way he goes about it is there are no superstars," Welker added of Belichick. "Everybody has their role on that team. Everybody is going to get called out. There’s no preferential treatment, and a lot of times he calls out the star players just to set the tone with the whole team."

Belichick's system obviously has reaped enormous benefits, but Welker apparently leans more Lane Johnson than Matthew Slater in his opinion of it.

Report: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson in charity golf match

Report: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson in charity golf match

It sounds like sports fans won't have to wait until Tom Brady makes his Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut to see the legendary quarterback compete in a sporting event.

Brady and his former NFL rival Peyton Manning will take part in a golf match featuring Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, CNBC's Jabari Young reported Tuesday night.

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The match could be played as early as May, per Young:

The person, who requested to not be identified as negotiations are stilling being finalized, said the event would likely happen in May and would benefit charity. Though nothing is official, the event could take place live on Turner Sports’ TNT channel or elsewhere in the WarnerMedia company, but its unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view.

Young also writes the match would pit Mickelson and Brady versus Woods and Manning. Other details include the match being played without fans at an undisclosed location. Social distancing measures also would be followed.

Woods and Mickelson squared off in a 1-on-1 golf match in November of 2018 as part of a pay-per-view event. Mickelson prevailed and took home nearly $10 million in the winner-take-all format. This match with Brady and Manning could be played in a similar fashion, although nothing official has been announced.

This event would provide several hours of quality entertainment for sports fans. The outbreak of the coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of many sporting events, as well as the suspension or delay of nearly every sports league's season around the world.

It's very difficult to predict when sporting events/seasons could resume, but in the meantime, fans have this pretty exciting golf match to look forward to watching.

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