NFL rumors: Assistant coaches expect Packers, Josh McDaniels interest


New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels currently coaches one of the best quarterbacks of all-time in Tom Brady, and some assistant coaches around the NFL are preparing for the possibility that he coaches another legendary QB in Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday after his team suffered an embarrassing defeat at home to the Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy was unable to maximize the extraordinary talent of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and given McDaniels' remarkable success with Brady, Green Bay would be wise to look at the Patriots coordinator as a potential upgrade.

And, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday morning, there are coaches already showing a willingness to work with McDaniels should he take his talents to Lambeau Field.

"A handful of NFL assistant coaches have indicated interest in joining a McDaniels-led coaching staff in Green Bay, according to sources who spoke to Yahoo Sports on Sunday," Robinson wrote. "So much so that at least one has pulled his name from consideration for a college coordinator position. While such a development doesn’t guarantee mutual interest between the Packers and McDaniels, it is an indication the Patriots assistant is maintaining a list of staff candidates if he chooses to depart New England."

This report is far from a surprise. McDaniels' name has been in the rumor mill for many head coaching positions in recent years, and he came extremely close to becoming the Indianapolis Colts head coach last offseason. 

The difference with the Packers is they have an elite quarterback and other good pieces to build a winner around. Most teams that are looking for new coaches don't have a player of Rodgers' caliber leading the offense. It could be an opportunity too good for McDaniels to pass on, if he's actually offered it, of course. 

Rodgers is 35 years old, but he doesn't show too many signs of slowing down, even if his 2018 stats are not on par with recent seasons. A better coach and a new offense could be the shot in the arm Rodgers and the Packers need to score more points.

There's also the allure of taking over the Patriots when Bill Belichick retires. McDaniels figures to be a candidate for that coaching job if he's still in New England when it happens, but would he want to wait out Belichick when an attractive job like the Packers could be an option after this season? We'll soon find out.

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