New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is one of the most sought after candidates for the head coaching vacancies in the NFL this year as well. Still, McDaniels is set to stay with the Pats’ in 2019, after he missed out on a HC job with the Green Bay Packers, who opted to hire Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur instead.
Speaking with ESPN, McDaniels said that he won’t be taking any more interviews and will remain with New England for the next season.
“The book is closed,” – said McDaniels. “It’s always a humbling experience to have an opportunity to interview with anybody for that position. I was thankful for the opportunity to meet with Green Bay; it always gives you greater insight into another organization of how they do things. It’s been very educational for me every time I’ve gone through it and I’ve appreciated every single one of them.”
“I’m completely focused on the Chargers and our season and finishing it strong. And I’ll be here moving forward.” – he added.
Besides the Packers, Josh McDaniels also had the opportunity to visit the Cincinnati Bengals, but decided to refuse the opportunity. Some other teams, however, decided not to take their chances with the 42-year-old because McDaniels accepted the Indianapolis Colts job last year and ended up backing from the deal to remain with the Pats.
“I have no idea. You’d have to obviously ask them if that had anything to do with anything like that,” – said McDaniels when asked whether this situation prompted certain NFL teams to skip his name during their head coaching search. “I’m grateful for the opportunity I had, but obviously more importantly thankful for the opportunity that I have here. I’ve said before, I think I have one of the best jobs in the world. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue competing this week against the Chargers.”