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Bill Belichick likes Josh McDaniels' focus

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the questions that sometimes comes up when an assistant coach interviews for another team's head-coaching vacancy is how the job candidate can balance two very important things.

As it relates to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, head coach Bill Belichick shed some light on his thinking during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI.

"We dealt with it as recently as last year," Belichick told hosts Dale Arnold, Michael Holley and Jerry Thornton. "It is what it is. We have a job to do. I think Josh did a great job last year in terms of staying focused and doing his part in preparing for the postseason games. I think he's done that again this year. There's no issues there."

Belichick was referencing how McDaniels interviewed for the Browns' vacancy and ultimately elected to stay in New England.

In the radio interview Monday, Belichick was also asked if he gives McDaniels a certain time frame in which those interviews could take place, as well as any advice. McDaniels interviewed with the Falcons on Friday and 49ers on Saturday. Those were days the team wasn't practicing.

"Each one is a little bit different, but based on our schedule and the way the rules are and what the format is, I think it was a pretty clean situation this time," Belichick said. "It was all over by Saturday. Sunday we were on to the Ravens, so full speed ahead."