Rumor Mill: Another Patriots Coach Leaving?

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Rumor: Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels is a Candidate in Washington

Status: Warm (possible)

Buzz: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will get another invitation to interview for a head coaching job, this time from the Washington Redskins. Redskins owner Dan Snyder is reportedly interested in speaking with Giants coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and McDaniels

Reality: The Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens were interested in interviewing Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to possibly be their next head coach. Both teams asked for permission to speak to McDaniels during the Wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs, when the Patriots had their bye week. McDaniels informed the clubs he was not ready to interview at that time citing the need to prepare for the Patriots' postseason run. With the Patriots' successfully reaching the Super Bowl, McDaniels - and the rest of the Patriots - will see their season come to a close after Sunday's game. He could be available to interview if he so chooses.

Although McDaniel's declined interview requests for the Ravens and the Falcons' jobs, interviewing for the Redskins job is a possibility. The Patriots coordinator could use the practice of the interview process even if he's not yet ready to become a head coach in the NFL. If things go well, it's possible McDaniels could leave New England, but unlikely. Sources familiar with the situation believe McDaniels feels it's too soon for him to be a head coach.

Former Patriots head coach and current USC football coach Pete Carroll interviewed for the position already. Carroll reportedly turned down the opportunity. Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks is also a candidate for the job. Meeks has an interview with the Redskins scheduled this week.

Impact: If McDaniels were to leave, it would be the fourth Patriots coordinator to leave New England in as many years. The team has no immediate replacement in place to fill in for McDaniels should he decide to leave. It could be a significant adjustment for the Patriots who had to deal with the loss of two coordinators after their last Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXIX when Charlie Weis left for Notre Dame and Romeo Crennel left to accept the head coaching job in Cleveland. Former Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini was the third coordinator to depart when he left to coach the New York Jets two years ago.

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