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Report: Packers could eye Josh McDaniels as Mike McCarthy replacement

Report: Packers could eye Josh McDaniels as Mike McCarthy replacement

The word on the street is that Josh McDaniels is open to potential head coach opportunities. And there's a chance his dream job may open up soon.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat after Thursday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, which dropped his club to 4-5-1. If the Packers miss the playoffs, there's a very real chance McCarthy loses his job -- which is where McDaniels comes in.

During an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" on Friday, the MMQB's Albert Breer laid out why the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator could be on Green Bay's shortlist of potential McCarthy replacements.

"Two years ago, Josh McDaniels was in the (San Francisco 49ers') coaching search until the very end," Breer said. "And one of the things the Niners were looking at was pairing different people together. When Josh McDaniels was in the running for that Niners job ... the guy who at the time had emerged as the front-runner for the general manager job ... and who had blown the Niners away was a Packers personnel man named Brian Gutekunst, who now is the (Packers') general manager. So, they've done their homework on each other."

Breer also noted the Packers aren't afraid to "look outside the box" in their coaching search and wouldn't be concerned about any negative press surrounding McDaniels, who infamously spurned the Indianapolis Colts for their head coach job last offseason.

As for why McDaniels would be interested in the Green Bay gig? That's a no-brainer, Breer says.

"You've got Aaron Rodgers at 35 years old, and you've got this nice, long runway to find the next (quarterback), too," Breer said. "(Rodgers) is not close to being done. If I'm (McDaniels), I've got Aaron Rodgers to compete with for the next four or five years, and I've got a long runway to find the next guy, too, which I think is a real positive."

When you add in the rich tradition of the Packers' franchise, a strong personnel department and the luxury of not having to answer to an owner -- Green Bay is the NFL's only publicly-owned franchise -- that opening may be hard for McDaniels to pass up. (Oh, and he'd also get to compete against former Patriots colleague and Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia twice a year.)

The Patriots did just make McDaniels the highest-paid coordinator in the NFL with a new five-year contract, so it would take a lot for him to leave New England. If the Packers part with McCarthy, though, Patriots fans should monitor their head coach search closely.

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Rob Gronkowski wins 24/7 title at WrestleMania 36

Rob Gronkowski wins 24/7 title at WrestleMania 36

Rob Gronkowski was a big winner during his NFL days, taking home three Super Bowl rings in his nine seasons with the New England Patriots.

And now, his winning ways have carried over to the ring.

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At WrestleMania 36, Rob Gronkowski was crowned the WWE's new 24/7 champion. The rules of the 24/7 belt are that it has to be defended at all times (hence the name, 24/7) and can be taken by anyone at any point, anywhere, so long as a WWE referee is present.

Gronk was able to take the title from his friend and fellow wrestler, Mojo Rawley. You can see the move he performed to land it via the WWE's official Twitter account.

Yeah, that was surely... something. And it sure seems like Gronk is on his way to becoming the WWE's next star given how quickly he has earned a title since signing a contract with the league in mid-March.

Gronk is actually the second player from a major Boston sports team to take home the title in the past year. Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter held the belt very, very briefly at Madison Square Garden after taking it from R Truth. Just minutes after Kanter won it, Truth took back the belt.

Bills WR gives Patriots bulletin-board material after Tom Brady departure

Bills WR gives Patriots bulletin-board material after Tom Brady departure

Is the AFC East officially wide open now that Tom Brady is no longer a member of the New England Patriots? At least one Buffalo Bills player thinks so.

Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was ecstatic to hear the news of Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That comes as no surprise, as the ex-Pats QB is an absurd 32-3 against Buffalo in his 20-year career and New England has won 11 straight division titles with Brady under center.

During an interview with WROC in Buffalo last week, McKenzie expressed his excitement about Brady leaving while giving the Patriots some bulletin-board material.

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“The Brady situation, I cheered,” McKenzie said. “He’s a great player. Our team is stacked. The last two years we’ve been giving him a run for his money, but now that he’s gone, it’s going to kind of be the Bills’ time to take over.”

McKenzie's confidence isn't unfounded. The Bills made a big splash earlier this offseason by trading for star wide receiver Stefon Diggs, giving Josh Allen another dangerous weapon opposite John Brown. With Brady and several other key contributors leaving in free agency, the Patriots may have their work cut out for them next season.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane sang a much different tune than McKenzie on Thursday, saying it's "funny and comical how people are writing off the Patriots in the AFC East." Still, it's safe to bet McKenzie's words will be remembered in Foxboro when the 2020 campaign kicks off.