Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia have been mentioned in nearly every head coaching vacancy.
But even as reports circulate that multiple teams already submitted interview requests, the Patriots coordinators said Monday they haven’t heard a thing.
“I’m certainly not aware of anything at this point,” said McDaniels, the former Broncos head coach who has served as New England’s offensive coordinator since 2012. “I’ve just been focused on trying to grade our tape and work with our staff to try to get ourselves ready to have a productive week here with our guys and get ready to go. All of that stuff, you know, usually takes care of itself. There’s a time and a place for all of that, and I’ve gone through it before, which is helpful in terms of being able to balance that and multitask it. But, my focus here when I come into this building will always be on what’s best for the Patriots and trying to do what I can to help us prepare to play our best game the next time we go out on the field.”
McDaniels’ name has come up in connection with the Giants, Colts and Bears. Patricia, New England’s defensive coordinator since 2012 and a Patriots assistant since 2004, has been mentioned as a candidate for the Giants and Lions. Patricia is a favorite to become Detroit’s new head coach because Lions general manager Bob Quinn spent 16 years with the Patriots organization before he was hired as the Lions GM in 2016.
“I have no idea about any of that,” Patricia said Monday. “None of that is even really applicable for me right now because I don’t have any information on that. I’m in normal mode – came in and graded the Jets. [I’m] trying to take a good look at what we did on defense (Sunday) and try so see where things that were positive and things that we’ve got to get better on and working to make sure that we have a good, productive week this week and try to improve those things.”
The Patriots (13-3) have homefield advantage and a bye week in the AFC playoffs, meaning the rumors surrounding each coordinator will only escalate.