Josh McDaniels Prefers 49ers’ HC Job

Contingents from the 49ers, Jaguars and Rams will travel to Massachusetts on Saturday to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels regarding their head coaching vacancies. Of the teams courting McDaniels, the 49ers interest him the most, a source told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The Niners are enticing to McDaniels for several reasons, including CEO Jed York’s willingness to patiently rebuild, according to Branch. The club is also looking for a general manager, and it could land one who’s already on good terms with McDaniels if it tabs ESPN analyst Louis Riddick or Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio. The 49ers will meet with Riddick next week, though it’s unclear whether they’ll speak with Caserio.

McDaniels, who will spend the next month vying for his fifth Super Bowl ring as an assistant, already has prior head coaching experience. That stint, which lasted from 2009-10 with the Broncos, included a mere 11 wins in 28 games. However, the 40-year-old offensive guru has rebuilt his stock since returning to the Patriots in 2012.

If McDaniels does depart New England again for a head coaching job, the 49ers would ostensibly be a logical choice. While the franchise has plummeted to the league’s cellar since parting with Jim Harbaugh after the 2014 season, it’s in position to rebound with 11 picks – including No. 2 overall – in this year’s draft and the most cap space in the NFC. San Francisco probably doesn’t have an answer at quarterback on its roster, especially if Colin Kaepernick opts out of his contract, but the new GM and McDaniels could perhaps find one in the draft or even swing a trade for Pats backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

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13 comments on “Josh McDaniels Prefers 49ers’ HC Job

  1. dstuart

    Don’t be an idiot, York. Land McDaniels and turn this bad boy around.

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  2. Justin

    Didnt mcdaniels draft Tebow? If so that decision making would scare me.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Wasn’t like it was a first rounder though, right? And Tebow was interesting. I don’t really blame him, because I think he saw something there and wanted to come out looking like a genius. And Tebow made it to the playoffs one year, at least.

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  3. crazysull

    I don’t want him to leave as a pats fan but I want what’s best for him. I mean having Brady is like having another OC and Bill has a good eye for talent. I could see if the Texans part with O’Brian I would like to see him land the job of Josh does leave but I just hope that Patricia doesn’t leave he is a mastermind and think that he is perfect for our defense and if we were to lose either our OC or DC I would chose the OC but if neither were a choice I would chose that option. And now that I think about it, shouldn’t McDaniels be interviewing the teams not other way around? They obviously want him so this is the time that he can see if he wants them if you get what you mean

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  4. jbordis

    Patiently rebuild??? Since when? Since firing the coach and GM? I wouldn’t trust York at all!!!!! If McDaniels goes to the 49ers, he’s an idiot.

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    • json-api

      The firing of Harbaugh was a huge mistake, but Tomsula was never going to be the guy, and chip Kelly left a lot to be desired. I still think Chip is a hell of a football coach, just not a head coach. But, I would trust York if I was Josh. You get your guy at GM, and a common understanding that it will take time, and you build a great staff and go do it. I feel like it’s the best option for him. Just my take

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    • mcdusty31

      Yeah Jed York is garbage…he’s paying guys not to coach the team anymore about as much money as he spent on payroll this year

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  5. Chris

    This needs to happen. I know a lot of people have their reservations about Josh because of Denver, but don’t forget, Belichek was a failure in Cleveland too. The fact that he has insite and a blue print to how one of the best run franchises in the past 30 years should make most Niners fan salivate. I wanted him after Harbaugh got canned but always figured he was waiting for Bill to retire. He’s young, creative, and energetic. Plus a glowing review from one of the top QB’s of all time. He’s has Clift notes on the mistakes he made before and how not to make them again means he a perfectionist. I just Jed doesn’t screw it up by lowballing him with salary or personnel issues. Kyle Shanahan is my 2 no choice but Mcdaniels is who I’d hitch my wagon too.

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    • realfootballfan

      People have repeated this Belichick failed nonsense so many times I guess they believe it. Belichick took over a 3-13 train wreck before free agency, back in the day when you had to build your teams through the draft. He promptly assembled the best defense in football over his 3 years in charge that was giving up 13 ppg the year before he got sabotaged by his owner after starting off the year strong and then lost the rest of his games that year when Modell confirmed the rumors that the Browns were basically a lame duck franchise leaving at the end of the year. He’s always been good at this. Modell just screwed his own team over because he was a greeddy nutjob.

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  6. realfootballfan

    To put into perspective what he took over, that Browns team he inherited gave up nearly 500 points, the most any team gave up the whole decade, and that was early in the decade to boot. In 3 years, at the beginning of free agency mind you when barely any impact players changed teams and definitely didn’t do it to go to bad ones like today and you were more likely to end up with the washed up Plan B free agents, he transformed that into the league’s top unit in 3 years. So yeah, he’s always been good. If you can win with Vinny Testaverde, you’ve always been great. I don’t know if McDaniels will succeed or not, but making dumb decisions like drafting Tebow with your first pick doesn’t foreshadow him being so. The best part of his first year, Mike Nolin, he basically fired at the end of year one because they didn’t get along, so I’m not too confident.

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