The Colts, Giants, and Bears will each interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their head coaching vacancies this week, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com and Ben Volin of the Boston Globe (Twitter links). Indianapolis will meet with McDaniels on Thursday, while New York and Chicago will interview him on Friday.
It’s not difficult to process why the Colts, Giants, or Bears — or any NFL club with a coaching vacancy — would express interest in McDaniels, as he’s fresh off leading New England to the No. 1 overall ranking in offensive DVOA. The Patriots also finished first in yards, second in scoring, and could soon see quarterback Tom Brady earn his third MVP award. Additionally, McDaniels is still only 41 years old, has prior head coaching experience, and offers the Bill Belichick-pedigree.
The Colts and Bears have thus far been linked to four candidates as they seek to replace Chuck Pagano and John Fox, respectively. Indianapolis will meet with McDaniels, Steve Wilks (Panthers), Kris Richard (Seahawks), and Mike Vrabel (Texans), while Chicago will interview McDaniels, Wilks, Pat Shurmur (Vikings), and John DeFilippo (Eagles). New York’s search, meanwhile, is six deep thus far: McDaniels, Wilks, Shurmur, Matt Patricia (Patriots), Jim Schwartz (Eagles), and Eric Studesville (ex-Broncos).
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