Josh McDaniels will likely return to the west, this time as head coach of the Raiders.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported on Thursday that McDaniels interviewed for a coach position in Las Vegas and said the two are now “targets” of each other. He reports that while there are still boxes to be checked, the expectation is that McDaniels will be the Raiders head coach.
Florio reported that the move also means the Patriots director of player human resources Dave Ziegler will become the general manager of the Raiders.
This will be McDaniels’ second trip out West as head coach. Between his time as offensive coordinator for the Patriots, he led the Broncos in 2009 and 2010. Denver won 8-8 in the first and 3-9 to start the second season. He was embroiled in a video recording scandal when the team’s video executive filmed a 49ers practice session, and while an investigation concluded McDaniels was unaware of the incident, he was fined for not reported to the NFL after he learned about the video.
McDaniels is the offensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2011 before returning to the Patriots, where he served as offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008 and has held an OC role in New England since 2012.
Under McDaniels, the Patriots have only fouled below average for goalscoring and total yards in his 13 years in New England, which occurred in 2020 as the team was switching between quarterbacks.
McDaniels’ name seems to emerge every year as a head coach candidate, and he almost took the job four years ago. In 2018, he was announced as the Colts’ next head coach and a press conference was scheduled to introduce his hire, but he turned down the deal and returned to New York. England.
Florio noted the Colts situation as an excuse not to say a deal is all but certain to be done.
Alabama offensive coordinator and former Texas head coach Bill O’Brien is a strong candidate to replace McDaniels if he leaves for the Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.