New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is interviewing for the Atlanta Falcons head coaching vacancy on Friday and will talk to the San Francisco 49ers about theirs on Saturday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Per NFL rules, coordinators can talk with teams about head coaching positions during their bye week in the playoffs.
In an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Thursday afternoon, Schefter handicapped McDaniels’ chances at getting a head coaching spot, should he be interested in leaving New England.
“I think the one thing that works against him is the fact that there are a lot of good candidates, and he’s going to be on a playoff team and is there going to be a team out there that’s willing to wait for him? I don’t know that that’s going to be the case,” Schefter said. “But I don’t think he’s concerned. I think he loves being there, you’re in a great organization. If you get one of these head coaching jobs this year, great. And if you don’t, guess what? There were teams last year who were after him, there are teams this year who are after him, and if he doesn’t get one this year, there’ll be teams next year who are after him.
“So in a perfect world you’d get a chance to get one of these jobs. But he’s in a bit of a tricky situation, because you’ve got the playoffs going on, there are some good candidates out there, are all these teams going to be willing to wait? A lot of things still have to be decided."
Schefter later added that the Bills have requested permission to interview McDaniels as well.