Josh McDaniels confirms he will be back with Patriots in 2019
The New England Patriots may have to replace some members of their coaching staff and front office this offseason, but offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will not be one of them.
McDaniels confirmed on Tuesday that he will remain with the Patriots in 2019. He told reporters he was thankful for the opportunity to interview with the Green Bay Packers for their head coaching vacancy but will not be conducting any more interviews this year.
"The book is closed. It's always a humbling experience to have an opportunity. … I'll be here moving forward. …I've said before, I think I have one of the best jobs in the world." – Josh McDaniels, to @PhilAPerry, on if he anticipates interviewing for any other jobs this year
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 8, 2019
McDaniels added that he had “no idea” if his decision to back out of an agreement to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts last offseason impacted the way teams viewed him this time around, but he emphasized how happy he is with New England. He also said he did not speak with the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 8, 2019
The Packers have chosen to make Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur their next head coach, and it’s unclear how committed McDaniels was to being considered for that job.
Many believed McDaniels was assured he would be the head-coach-in-waiting in New England after he backed out of the Colts agreement last year, but it does not appear that is the case. That said, he did turn down a head coaching interview with at least one team recently. We’ll likely hear his name come up when head coaching searches commence again next offseason.