Insiders speculate possible landing spots for Josh McDaniel, Jerrod Mayo


McDaniels and Mayo are expected to be candidates for head coaching vacancies in the coming weeks.

Josh McDaniels may be coaching elsewhere next season. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Inside Linebackers coach Jerrod Mayo will not be busy creating game plans for the Patriots during their playoff runs in the coming weeks. Both the coaches may also be busy preparing for their next assignment.

McDaniels and Mayo are reportedly expected to be interviewed for head coaching jobs around the NFL after the regular season ends.

McDaniel has been a popular name in the coaching carousel since rejoining the Patriots in 2012 as an offensive coordinator. But the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of two teams currently open to a head coach, have not sent a request to McDaniel in an interview.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is not surprised that McDaniel is not a candidate for the Jaguars’ job because he believes McDaniel would want a specific position if he accepted a job elsewhere.

“Will he go to a place where there’s already a GM? I’ll have my doubts there,” Rapoport Said on WEEI’s “Gress & Keefe”. “If he’s going to do it, he’s going to do it his way. He’s going to do it right. He’s going to do it with the right structure and personnel. I think he’ll go to a place like that.” Where the current GM isn’t. The Raiders will make some sense. We’ll see what happens to the Vikings.”

The Raiders are the second team that currently has a head coach vacant after John Gruden was sacked in October amid an e-mail scandal. As Raiders GM Mike Mayock was hired by Gruden, it is possible to think that the Raiders could still move on from Mayock after a winning season.

For the Vikings, they still have Mike Zimmer serving as head coach. But rumors have surfaced that Zimmer could be fired after the regular season ends on Sunday as the Vikings crash out of the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons. However, long-time general manager Rick Spielman is expected to be with the team, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on Saturday,

The Raiders and Vikings both use good options at quarterback as Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins ​​rank in the top 10 in the passing yard. But both experienced quarterbacks have been in their current conditions for some time and haven’t had much success. Carr has been with the Raiders for eight seasons and has made the playoffs only once. If the Raiders beat the Chargers on Sunday, they could be there for the second time. Since signing the first fully-guaranteed contract in 2018, the Cousins ​​have made it to the playoffs with the Vikings only once in four seasons.

Since being fired as head coach of the Broncos in 2010, McDaniel has been a finalist for several openings. After the 2016 season, McDaniels was a finalist for the inaugural 49ers head coach and Will reportedly have brought in Nick Casario as the team’s general manager, San Francisco eventually hired Kyle Shanahan with John Lynch becoming the team’s GM.

A year later, McDaniels actually accepted an offer to become the head coach of the Colts. But he changed his mind after hiring assistants to join him in Indianapolis, choosing to live in New England instead.

Casario may make a play to get McDaniels to come to him this time. According to MMQB’s Albert Breuer, now the general manager of the Texans, Caserio “has an idea of ​​who his next (and long-term) coach will be”. Breyer mentions McDaniels as one of the obvious candidates that comes to mind. However, Breuer noted that Casario is “in no hurry” to get the Texans’ next head coach.

McDaniels didn’t interview for the Texas gig last season, which eventually went to David Cooley. The first-year coach is 4-12 this season, leading to some speculation that Houston may make changes regardless of his position.

As for Mayo, Breyer mentions that he could be a candidate for the Bears—who are reportedly hoping to fire Matt Nagy at the end of the regular season.

“I’ve heard some of the younger candidates who project as leaders, like Patriots LB coach Jerrod Mayo and Colts DC Matt Eberfluss, would also be in the mix. (Obviously, for these types, Justin Fields has a need to develop). Planning will be important,” Brier wrote of the Bears’ looming head coaching search.

Mayo has been on the Patriots’ coaching staff since 2019 and last year interviewed for the Eagles’ head coaching job.