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Louis Riddick, Josh McDaniels were almost a package deal in San Fransisco 02.17.17 at 1:38 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a "package deal" in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels and Louis Riddick were going to be a “package deal” in SF. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Remember when Josh McDaniels was thought to be the next coach of the 49ers?

It appears it would have been a package deal with ESPN analyst Louis Riddick as his general manager.

On ESPN Radio, Riddick claims he was “very, very, very, very, very, very, very close” to becoming the GM of the team, but didn’t get the gig because McDaniels removed his name from consideration and the two were a “package deal.”

“It was either going to be him and I, or it wasn’t,” Riddick said. “Josh, for his personal reasons, decided that now wasn’t a good time. When he decided that — which I was on board with that, obviously — therefore I wasn’t in the running anymore.”

Riddick claimed he had a good interview with the team before McDaniels took his name out of the running.

“It went awesome,” Riddick said. “I got a lot of great feedback from them. I felt that my plan was rock solid, and if it was something that would’ve worked out for Josh and myself overall, then we would be there. But it had nothing to do with anything other than the fact that the pairing, it just wasn’t the right time for us to do that.”

Ultimately, the organization decided on Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the new coach and former NFL player John Lynch as general manager.

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Josh McDaniels further details why he stayed in New England 01.31.17 at 12:20 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels opened up on staying with New England. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels opened up on staying with New England. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — Josh McDaniels interviewed for three head coaching jobs during the Patriots’ bye week, but in the end he will remain in New England next season.

The Patriots offensive coordinator appeared like he could have had the 49ers job if he wanted it, but according to McDaniels it just wasn’t the right time or place.

“I was humbled I had an opportunity to interview for a few of them this year,” McDaniels said Monday night, via ESPN. “It wasn’t the right — I’ve said it, if I have a chance again I’d be thankful for it because there’s only 32 of them and I’d be honored to do it — it would have to be the right time, the right place, the right people. They’d have to want me, I’d have to want that.

“And that just wasn’t the case this year, and those people hired great coaches. I wish them nothing but the best. And if that ever comes up for me, I’ll be thankful that it does.”

McDaniels has been a head coach before, as he coached the Broncos in 2009 and 2010, but was fired before the 2010 season ended. Almost seven years later, he has a better idea of what it is like to be a NFL head coach.

“I just have an understanding now, I’m older than I was six, seven, eight years ago, I understand kind of where I’m at. This is a unique situation, a unique situation in our sport, and I’m fortunate to be a part of it,” McDaniels said. “And those guys [Bill Belichick and Tom Brady] are two of the best that will ever do it in their particular positions — head coach and quarterback — and to get an opportunity to get to work with them and for them, I don’t take that lightly. Other opportunities may come. May not, but I’m thankful I’m here right now, making the most of it.”

The 40-year-old appears happy with his situation now and to continue to learn from Belichick.

“I have a great appreciation for who I work for and how special it is to have an opportunity to learn from Bill,” McDaniels said. “And who I work with, we have a great staff, I’m privileged to just be a small part of. And a guy — Tom is certainly the leader of our group, and I’m not sure there will be another one like him, and it’s been an honor to coach him for as long as I’ve had an opportunity to do that.”

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Josh McDaniels deserves a ton of credit for blowout win over Steelers 01.23.17 at 2:28 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels called a great game against the Steelers. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels called a great game against the Steelers. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

While Bill Belichick has always been one to credit his players for the success of his teams, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels should be acknowledged for his performance Sunday against the Steelers.

McDaniels had one of his best games of the season with a number of different looks and even some new plays in the Patriots’ 36-17 win.

Tom Brady went 32-for-42 with 384 yards and three touchdowns in the win, while LeGarrette Blount added another rushing touchdown.

The Patriots offensive coordinator and Brady did their homework on the Steelers defense as they knew exactly where the soft spots were in the zone, which allowed Brady to pick them apart all game long.

Bill Belichick acknowledged McDaniels’ work on a conference call Monday.

“I think Josh [McDaniels] did a great job last night, as he’s done all year, as he’s done for a long time during the time that he’s been here,” he said. “He’s a tremendous coach. I thought really all three coordinators – Matt [Patricia], Josh and Joe [Judge] – did a great job last week of preparing the players with a good game plan and good preparation for the game. It felt like we were on top of the things that we need to be on top of. So yeah, it’s great.

“We have a good staff and it’s great to have those guys on it. It’s great to have Josh on it. But I thought our coaching staff did a real good job this week. They deserve a lot of credit for the preparation, and play-calling, and game plans and so forth that they were responsible for. That was outstanding.”

One of his best calls was in the second quarter, calling a flea-flicker where Brady found Chris Hogan for a 34-yard touchdown which gave the Patriots a 17-6 lead.

Belichick noted McDaniels needed to find the perfect time to call the play.

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Report: Chip Kelly meets with Bill Belichick 01.20.17 at 1:07 pm ET
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Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly have been buddies for years. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly have been buddies for years. (John Geliebter/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick met with Chip Kelly after Kelly didn’t get the job as Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Kelly, who has a longstanding friendship with Belichick, was recently fired as head coach of the Niners. Schefter didn’t elaborate as to what the meeting between the two might have been about, but Belichick has sought out friends who have been fired in the past, a group that includes Greg Schiano.

One thing that seems fairly certain is that he’s not coming to New England to serve as offensive coordinator; Schefter said the meeting took place after Josh McDaniels reaffirmed his commitment to the Patriots after interviewing for other head coaching jobs.

Kelly has served as the coach of the 49ers, Eagles and Oregon Ducks. A native of New Hampshire, he coached at UNH from 1994 to 2006.

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Josh McDaniels confirms he is staying in New England, won’t take 49ers head coaching job 01.16.17 at 11:41 am ET
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Josh McDaniels will be staying with the Patriots. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels will be staying with the Patriots. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels is staying in New England.

The Patriots offensive coordinator interviewed with the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers last weekend and every job has been filled besides the 49ers job.

On Sunday night, it was reported he was conflicted about taking the job, or staying in New England, but he won’t be taking the job after all.

“I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag (Marathe) and Brian (Hampton), the people that came from the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said on a conference call Monday. “They did a great job with their presentation. I was humbled to be included in that process. At this time it’s just best for my family and myself to remain in New England and focus on this year’s playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out.”

McDaniels previously was a head coach with the Broncos in 2009, but was fired after 12 games in the 2010 season. He was with the Patriots from 2001-08 (last three as offensive coordinator) before returning to the team in the same position in 2012.

“I’ve always said how grateful I am to have this opportunity to work here with Mr. Kraft and his family, and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff, and to have the privilege to get to work with the players that we work with each day,” McDaniels said. “It’s a great opportunity. I’m very thankful to be here, and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh.”

Given head coaches don’t typically get three chances in the league, he needs to make sure the job he takes is the right one and given his situation in New England, he will likely always have his choice of where he wants to go. The 49ers could have been viewed negatively because it’s all the way across the country and the organization having three coaches in 24 months.

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Josh McDaniels reportedly conflicted about leaving New England for San Fransisco 01.15.17 at 9:29 pm ET
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It appears if Josh McDaniels wants the 49ers job, it's his. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

It appears if Josh McDaniels wants the 49ers job, it’s his. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

It’s been a week since Josh McDaniels interviewed with three teams for their head coaching jobs — the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers.

Now, just one remains: the 49ers.

It was reported San Fransisco was his preferred destination if he were to leave New England and now there’s some talk he’s “conflicted” about whether he wants the job or not.

According to Pro Football Talk, the job is his if he wants it and McDaniels has been reaching out to potential assistant coaches to tell them to remain available. Others say he’s conflicted about taking it considering he has four young children and he would have to move his family across the country. He would not want to do that for potentially a short-stint.

As coach of the Broncos in 2009, he didn’t even make it two full seasons and the 49ers have gone through three coaches in almost two years. That certainly raises some questions, especially when it’s not just impacting him personally, but his entire family.

The flip side of that is the 49ers may recognize their recent history and be more patient with the next head coach. They also will be hiring a new general manager.

Bottom line, it seems the ball is in McDaniels’ court. If he wants to leave New England, the 49ers job is his, but he also has a pretty good gig leading Tom Brady’s offense with the Patriots.

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Josh McDaniels down to just 49ers from teams he interviewed with 01.12.17 at 4:20 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels is down to the 49ers or returning to New England. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels is down to the 49ers or returning to New England. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels interviewed with three teams last Saturday — the Jaguars, Rams and 49ers.

Now, almost a week later, only one job is still available.

After the Jaguars hired Doug Marrone earlier in the week, the Rams have hired Sean McVay as their new head coach, per multiple reports.

McVay was the Redskins offensive coordinator and at 30 years old he will be the youngest coach in NFL history.

The 49ers still don’t have a coach or general manager, but it seems like they are taking their time as they have interviewed a number of different candidates. Over the weekend, the buzz was they were targeting Louis Riddick as their general manager with McDaniels as the head coach.

With this news, it seems like it’s either McDaniels becomes the next coach of the 49ers or returns to New England.

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