If Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels becomes the next head coach of Green Bay Packers, he’ll apparently have a pool of candidates eager to join his staff.
Per Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports: “A handful of NFL assistant coaches have indicated interest in joining a McDaniels-led coaching staff in Green Bay. … So much so that at least one has pulled his name from consideration for a college coordinator position. While such a development doesn’t guarantee mutual interest between the Packers and McDaniels, it is an indication the Patriots assistant is maintaining a list of staff candidates if he chooses to depart New England.”
After losing to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, the Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy and promoted offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to interim head coach. Earlier in November, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer named McDaniels as a potential replacement for McCarthy should the 55-year-old lose his job this season.
“I think Josh McDaniels will be in play,” Breer said on “Toucher and Rich.”
It’s not the first time McDaniels — who is reportedly “open” to potential head coaching opportunities, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport — has re-entered these types of conversations since his dramatic about-face following Super Bowl LII. Rapoport included McDaniels in his short list of prospective candidates to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns, who fired Hue Jackson at the end of October. With defensive coordinator Gregg Williams filling in on an interim basis, the Browns have yet to permanently replace Jackson.
McDaniels had accepted a head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts in February, but the 42-year-old backed out of the gig the night before his scheduled introductory press conference. He has said repeatedly no promises came with his decision to return, though he reportedly received a five-year contract that would make him the league’s highest-paid coordinator.