Josh McDaniels’ schedule has been a balancing act over the past week.
The New England Patriots offensive coordinator has made time for two NFL head-coaching interviews, meeting with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday and the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. But while New England’s fellow coaches and players had the weekend off, there was no concern with where the 38-year-old’s priorities were.
Head coach Bill Belichick instilled that notion in his Monday afternoon radio appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley.
“We dealt with it as recently as last year,” Belichick said. “It is what it is. We have a job to do. I think Josh did a great job last year in terms of staying focused and doing his part in preparing for the postseason games. I think he’s done that again this year, so there’s no issues there.”
Head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2010, McDaniels interviewed for the Cleveland Browns’ coaching vacancy during the Patriots’ playoff run in January of 2014, yet ultimately returned to New England for his third consecutive season as coordinator.
His meetings, both this year and last year, have coincided with the Patriots’ itinerary.
“Each one is a little bit different, but based on our schedule and the way the rules are and what the format is, I think it was a pretty clean, pretty clear,” Belichick added.
Up next in the Patriots’ itinerary is a 4:35 p.m. Saturday kickoff with the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round. And McDaniels would not be able to accept an NFL head-coaching position until New England’s postseason run concludes.
“I think it was a clean situation this time,” Belichick said. “It was all over by Saturday. Sunday we were on to the Ravens, so full speed ahead.”