FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Miami Dolphins have requested permission to speak with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their head-coaching vacancy, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
This would mark the first time Patricia has interviewed for a head-coaching position. It reflects his rise in the NFL.
Patricia, 41, first joined the Patriots in 2004 as a coaching assistant, was assistant offensive line coach in 2005, then coached linebackers (2006-2010) and safeties (2011) before being promoted to defensive coordinator.
McDaniels, 39, served as Denver Broncos head coach in 2009 and 2010. He first joined the Patriots as a personnel assistant/coaching assistant in 2001 and worked his way up the ranks similar to Patricia.
On Sunday, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft was asked about other teams requesting permission to speak with Patriots assistants during his weekly pre-game interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
"We have the highest regard for Josh and Matt and Joe [Judge], our coordinators and all our position coaches," Kraft said. "We're very fortunate. Bill [Belichick] does an amazing job in bringing in young coaches and teaching them how he wants them to coach the game. It's actually part of the [philosophy]; Bill is much more about growing talent internally and clearly Matt and Josh are that...
"When people come and ask to interview them, I think it's a compliment to the organization, not that we want to lose anybody."