New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is once again involved in head coaching rumors, as the Las Vegas Raiders — a team seeking a new head coach — are scheduled to meet with the coordinator Saturday, according to Josina Anderson of USA Today and CBS Sports.
I'm told the #Raiders interviewed #Patriots Director of Player Personnel Dave Ziegler in person last Friday and are currently scheduled to meet with OC Josh McDaniels in person on Saturday, per league source.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 28, 2022
However, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reported Wednesday that McDaniels is no longer the favorite for the head coaching position.
“McDaniels apparently had been calling coaches around the league about putting together a staff, but it appears something happened in the last 24 hours,” wrote Tafur on Wednesday.
Patriots pro personnel director Dave Ziegler looks to be out of the conversation as well for a general manager position. Tafur also wrote that the “strong buzz” surrounding the two has been “quickly muted.” However, that was written Wednesday — the strong buzz surrounding McDaniels could pick right back up again with his upcoming interview.
McDaniels does have some head coaching experience, leading the Broncos to an 11-17 record through the 2009 and 2010 seasons. It’s nearly been four years since McDaniels changed his mind on the vacant head coach spots with the Colts, a decision that the coordinator recently said he has “no regrets” making.
Tafur wrote that the Patriots’ 39-year-old linebacker coach met with the Raiders Tuesday.
However, he also has some involvement with the Texans and Broncos head coaching vacancies. Mayo has been tabbed the “leading candidate” for the Texans job by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, although it’s reported that he’s “not a finalist” with the Broncos.
Wolf, a front office consultant, landed a job with the Patriots in 2020 after 16 years with the Packers. He’s reportedly received interviews from the Bears and Vikings, but no real buzz has really surrounded his name.