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49ers, Falcons seek permission to interview Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels appears to be one of the hot commodities as the search for new head coaches around the NFL gets underway.

According to Adam Schefter of, the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers have requested permission from the Patriots to interview McDaniels for their head coaching vacancies.

McDaniels has served as the Patriots offensive coordinator for the last three seasons after returning to New England as an assistant for the playoffs in 2011.

If McDaniels gets a head coaching job this offseason, it would be his second chance to lead an NFL team. McDaniels spent two seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009-2010.

McDaniels then spent one season as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams under Steve Spagnuolo before that staff was fired and McDaniels returned to New England for the postseason.