Source: Josh McDaniels sought by 49ers, Falcons

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is among the candidates for the head coaching jobs of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, with both teams asking for permission to interview McDaniels, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and other media reports.

Per NFL rules, McDaniels could talk to other teams this week, while the Patriots are on a bye.

McDaniels has been in this position before, before he left the Patriots to become the Broncos head coach in 2009. He then returned to New England (after being fired by Denver and joining the St. Louis coaching staff) as an offensive assistant for the Super Bowl in the 2011-12 season before being named to his current role of offensive coordinator.

“I’ve said a number of times that I’m very happy [here],” McDaniels said earlier Monday. “I have one of the best jobs you could possibly have, and I’m just trying to do the best that I can here. My focus has been on the Patriots. It will stay on the Patriots right now.”