FOXBOROUGH - A couple of off-seasons ago, the longtime offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, Josh McDaniels, agreed to a deal to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He later reneged on this to return to the Patriots and many thought that the move was slated to groom McDaniels as the heir apparent to Bill Belichick in New England. Many also believed that McDaniels' move had burned bridges with other NFL organizations, who would be wary to trust him again. Yet, time is a flat circle. Because another off-season is here for the Patriots and McDaniels is once again fielding job interviews with various teams around the league.
The Dallas Cowboys have hired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, meaning at least one team is off the table for McDaniels. Additionally, the Carolina Panthers hired the head coach of Baylor, Matt Rhule, leaving another team away from McDaniels' interview slate.
Currently, the biggest rumor for McDaniels is that he will be poached by the Cleveland Browns, the notorious lovable losers of the NFL. If Cleveland extends him an offer, the Patriots organization expects him to take it, per NBC Sports. This means that McDaniels might not be a Patriot anymore and the idea is as heartbreaking as it was when he left for the Denver Broncos all those years ago.
Of course, the departure of McDaniels might make it even less likely that quarterback Tom Brady re-ups with the Patriots this off-season. Brady is more than capable of still serving as a team's starting quarterback, but with the rapport between McDaniels, his longtime collaborator, severed, it might make things easier for Brady if he does not wish to rebuild a relationship with a coordinator at this stage of his career.
Currently, two rumors of teams who might be interested in Brady as a means of selling more tickets and surrounding him with talented offensive weapons are the Los Angeles Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It would be devastating to see Brady leave and while I'm still holding out hope that he won't go, if I had to bet on teams that could procure his talents, it would be one of those two.
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