There are five NFL head-coaching vacancies. Josh McDaniels has drawn interest in two of them.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator has agreed to interview with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers this week. Yet with the top-seeded Patriots practicing Tuesday through Thursday before breaking for a first-round playoff bye, those meetings will occur New England.
The 6-10 Falcons relieved Mike Smith of his coaching duties on Monday morning, after seven seasons and a 66-46 record. And on Sunday night, the 8-8 49ers agreed to part ways with since-hired Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, after four seasons and a 44-19-1 record.
Which leads the two front offices to the 38-year-old McDaniels.
After eight seasons as a Patriots coaching assistant, a 33-year-old McDaniels was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009, which made him the youngest NFL head coach in history at the time. The former John Carroll University wide receiver went 8-8 in his first season with the Broncos, then 3-9 in his second season before being fired in December of 2010.
McDaniels joined the St. Louis Rams’ coaching staff as an offensive coordinator in 2011, but returned to the Patriots as an offensive assistant during the team’s playoff run. He was named New England’s offensive coordinator in 2012.