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NFL rumors: Patriots "preparing" for Josh McDaniels to leave for head coach job

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NFL rumors: Patriots "preparing" for Josh McDaniels to leave for head coach job

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is a popular head coaching candidate for vacant jobs around the NFL, and it sounds like the Pats are at least readying themselves for a potential departure.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported Sunday during NBC's broadcast of the Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFC wild card game that "this year, the Patriots, I'm told, are preparing for McDaniels to leave, with the (Green Bay) Packers and the (Cleveland) Browns being the two most viable opportunities for McDaniels this time around."

Perhaps the most interesting bit of information in Florio's report was that Kliff Kingsbury is a potential candidate to replace McDaniels if he leaves. Kingsbury was fired as Texas Tech head coach in November and currently is the offensive coordinator for USC. The Patriots selected Kingsbury in the sixth round of the 2003 draft but he never played for New England.

McDaniels reportedly had an interview with the Packers on Friday. Here's what ESPN's Rob Demovsky tweeted about the process:

Packers wrap up on-the-road interviews today with Matt LaFleur and Adam Gase and are expected to reconvene Monday to decide who to bring to Green Bay for 2nd interviews. Josh McDaniels, one of the first interviews this weekend, remains very much a possibility, I'm told.

McDaniels will turn his attention Monday to the Los Angeles Chargers, who will play the Patriots in the AFC divisional round on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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