The unsung hero of the New England Patriots offense, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, is reportedly ready to take on a second head coaching job this offseason and is once again a top candidate. With the coaching carousel slowly making its round, it’s likely he’ll have more than a few options. Here are five placers McDaniels could end up.
5. Indianapolis Colts
Chuck Pagano seems like a nice enough person, but he hasn't done enough with the Colts to warrant staying on. McDaniels has already worked with the best QB ever, so why not try and pass on that knowledge to a young guy with a ton of talent? Seems like a perfect fit for McDaniels, if Pagano is let go this offseason.
4. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have been suffering the Jim Harbaugh curse and picked up Chip Kelly, a man with a college coaching soul that tried to put an NFL coach hat on. Kelly’s stints in the NFL have not gone well, going 2-13 with 49ers this season. Calls for Kelly to return to college football have echoed across the country, with subtle hints about college jobs openings being available finding their way into Kelly’s inbox. If the 49ers decide they don’t require his services any longer, McDaniels would have a serious rebuild on his hands, but at least it would in sunny California.
3. Chicago Bears
John Fox took on the role of rebuilding a decimated Bears team in 2015. The Bears, not unlike the Cleveland Browns, have some key pieces with potential, but have yet to hit their stride. It may be a few years before that happens and until then, Fox likely won’t be penalized. If the Bears front office changes their tune, McDaniels could end up in Chi Town with his hands full.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars front office had had enough of the Jaguars lack of success and let Gus Bradley go at probably the worst possible time, you know, given that he had to fly back home with the team freshly fired. At 3-12, the Jaguars are not without offensive weapons, McDaniels strong suit. If he decides to go there, he’ll have plenty to work with.
1. Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams just extended Jeff Fisher’s contract before this year. Then they terminated him. That’s rough, but not for McDaniels! The Rams need a lot of help on both sides of the ball, a stark contrast to the New England Patriots, but not unlike many of the teams who struggled this season. McDaniels might just be the right guy to find a way to find a solution to these issues, especially with young QB Jared Goff. There's a strong D in place, so McDaniels could focus on the offense. That sounds like a good opportunity for him. He also was the Rams offensive coordinator in 2012, though they were still in St. Louis at the time.