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Is McDaniels truly waiting for Belichick to retire?

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Mike Florio takes a look at the short list of names the NFL recommends for head coaching spots, which includes Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Last night’s report from Football Night in America regarding the preliminary list generated by the NFL Career Development Advisory Panel of coaching candidates for 2017 generated more buzz for a name not on it than the ones that were.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was omitted from the preliminary list; his colleague, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, appears on the list.

As a source with knowledge of the manner in which the list was compiled told PFT, McDaniels did not make it onto the list because it’s perceived by the people who compile the list that McDaniels is waiting for Patriots coach Bill Belichick to retire, at which time McDaniels would take over in New England.

It’s possible that the panel’s assessment is incorrect. As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes via Twitter, the notion that McDaniels is content to wait for Belichick to walk runs counter to the things people close to McDaniels are saying.

If that’s accurate, McDaniels should find a way to make his intentions known to the powers-that-be on the panel. The list as provided to PFT was preliminary. A final version is coming on December 8, and it will be distributed to teams on December 10.