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With all NFL head coaching jobs filled, Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia focused on Denver, not future 01.18.16 at 2:35 pm ET
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It appears like Josh McDaniels will be staying in New England as all the NFL head coaching vacancies have been filled. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It appears like Josh McDaniels will be staying in New England as all the NFL head coaching vacancies have been filled. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

At the end of the NFL regular season, there were seven head coaching jobs available. Two weeks later, there are none and both of the Patriots’ coordinators are still in New England.

Both Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia were asked about their situations and with all the jobs filled, does it mean they will be back with the Patriots next season?

Patricia reportedly interviewed with the Browns during the Patriots’ bye week, while McDaniels reportedly said he wouldn’t interview, as he was focused on the divisional round game.

“I’m just really focused on Denver,” Patricia said. “That was a couple weeks ago or whatever the situation was there. We’ve got a big challenge in front of us here trying to get ready for the Broncos. That’s really not a question that’s pertinent to this week.”

McDaniels felt the same way.

“I think that’s in the past now,” McDaniels said. “I’m focused strictly on this game and this week. I think all those things will play out in due time.”

While McDaniels didn’t interview anywhere, a number of teams reportedly showed interest, including the Dolphins, Giants, Titans and Lions.

Bill Belichick said he wasn’t even paying attention.

“Honestly, all the other things going on around in the league, I don’t pay too much attention to,” Belichick said. “Last week we were trying to get ready for Kansas City, this week we’ll get ready for Denver. There’s a protocol that has to be followed in the league and if it affects us I’ll follow those guidelines. But honestly, I don’t really care about it or think about it.”

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Is Josh McDaniels a possible candidate for Titans head coaching job? 01.14.16 at 9:29 am ET
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The Titans are expected to name former Patriots’ director of college scouting Jon Robinson as their new general manager as early as Thursday, which means New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could be in play as a possible head coaching candidate with the Titans.

Robinson had been with the Patriots since 2002 when he was an area scout. In 2006, he moved up the ladder, becoming regional scout. He was named assistant director of college scouting in 2008 before becoming director of college scouting in 2009. He then got the promotion to director of player personnel with the Bucs in 2014.

The Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt in November, after the team started the season 1-6 with No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota starting at quarterback. Mike Mularkey finished the year as the interim head coach.

McDaniels has been linked to several head coaching jobs since he return to New England as the offensive coordinator in 2012, and reportedly expressed interest in the Tennessee job earlier this month.

In other Patriots’ coaching news, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia — who interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in Cleveland — has lost out on the gig to Hue Jackson, who was officially tapped to lead the Browns on Wednesday.

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Josh McDaniels hypes Chiefs D as ‘the best defense we’ve played’ 01.11.16 at 12:32 pm ET
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Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) on Saturday. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) on Saturday. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Call it building up the opponent, being overly cautious or just being reminded on film of what happened in Sept. 2014.

But Josh McDaniels made the case Monday for the Kansas City Chiefs having the best defense the Patriots will have faced this season. The Patriots have faced the Jets defense twice, the Broncos once and scored just 10 points against the Dolphins in the regular season finale. Still, it’s the Chiefs who just might present the most matchup issues for a Patriots offense that sputtered down the stretch.

McDaniels just watched the film of the Chiefs pulling of the first playoff shutout in the NFL in 10 years, blanking the Texans, 30-0, in Houston Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously, they’ve given up very few points and played their best football down the stretch, which is obviously an issue in terms of just being trying to finish drives or get down into the red area in the first place to try to score points on them,” McDaniels said. “They do a tremendous job on third down. They put you in a lot of third-and-long situations. They get off the field as well as any team we’ve played. They turn the ball over. They’ve got a real knack for creating issues in the passing game and then capitalizing on bad mistakes.”

That’s what happened when the Patriots were throttled last year in Kansas City, 41-14.

“All their guys seem to catch the ball very well,” McDaniels added. “There’s a lot of guys that have vision on the quarterback. Their coverage is tight. They compete and contest every throw and you’re going to have to really do a good job of execution to avoid giving them the opportunities to turn the ball over. And then they put a lot of pressure on the quarterback, and it’s not just the two guys on the edge. They’ve got multiple people that rush from the edge. They’ve got good blitzers, both in the secondary and the linebacking level. Those guys inside have been very disruptive in the pass rush as well. It’s a team that already won a playoff game. They’re obviously playing as well as any team we’ve played all year. And we would expect this to be the best defense we’ve played.”

The Chiefs defense allowed just 17.9 points per game, behind only Seattle and Cincinnati in the NFL. Their pass rush duo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali is among the best in the NFL, with a combined 14 sacks.

“I think they’re both tremendous players,” McDaniels said. “Obviously, they’ve been tremendously disruptive. And [linebacker Dee] Ford has come on this year, the guy they drafted last year from Auburn, he’s had a better year. [LB Frank] Zombo makes plays in there. He played a lot this last week. [LB Dezman] Moses has played some, too. To me, we’re going to prepare for them to be out there on every single snap. It’s the postseason. I’m sure whatever their guys can do, they’re going to try and do. It’s the same thing as our guys. If they can be out there, they’ll be out there. We have a tremendous amount of respect for their entire defense. Those two edge guys, I’m not sure there’s a better combination in the league.

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Josh McDaniels ‘focused on Chiefs,’ not interviewing for other head coaching jobs at 10:52 am ET
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While not coming out and saying it, Josh McDaniels had no interest in seeking other head coaching jobs around the NFL. He’s much more interested and focused on getting Tom Brady and his offense ready for the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

McDaniels’ name once again came up in early talk about coaching vacancies in cities like Miami, Cleveland and New York (Giants). But word leaked late last week that he was taking his name out of consideration.

“I’m focused on the Chiefs and there’s nothing to report,” McDaniels said in a conference call Monday morning. “I’m excited for this week right now and don’t really have nothing to add to it.”

McDaniels, like Matt Patricia with the Browns, had a chance over the weekend to interview while the Patriots were resting on their bye. Why is this different for McDaniels?

“I think each year is different,” McDaniels said. “My focus is on the Chiefs and getting our team ready this year for this game. I’m excited to get a start on that preparation with the players this week.

“I think that there’s a lot of experiences that you have in coaching. If you learn from the experiences as you go through them, whether it’s as a coordinator, a position coach, a quality control coach, a head coach, whatever it might be, and you learn from those experiences, and take the good and take the bad and try to assess what you can do to be a better coach, a better staff member, what have you. Then hopefully we’re all improving. That’s the goal. Right now, my focus is on being the best coordinator and quarterback coach I can be for us so that we can get ready and have our best game of the year against the Chiefs right now.”

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Dolphins hire Bears OC Adam Gase as new head coach 01.09.16 at 11:37 am ET
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Cross another team off the list of potential landing spots for Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels.

Less than a week after the Dolphins beat the Patriots 20-10 in Miami, the Dolphins have hired a new head coach following Joe Philbin’s firing during the season and then Dan Campbell taking over on an interim basis.

After multiple reports this morning saying a deal was close between Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and the Dolphins, it’s now a done deal and there will be a press conference Saturday afternoon announcing the hire.

Both Patriots coordinators — McDaniels and Patricia — had their names mentioned with the job, with Patricia having an interview lined up Saturday with Miami, until they locked in on Gase.

Miami finished the season 6-10 and haven’t had a winning season since going 11-5 in 2008.

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Josh McDaniels reportedly won’t interview for any head coaching jobs this weekend, focused on divisional round 01.08.16 at 10:44 am ET
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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is very focused on New England’s divisional round game. So focused that he won’t interview for any head coaching jobs this weekend.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, despite a lot of interest, McDaniels won’t interview for any head coaching jobs this weekend because he is focused on the Patriots’ next game.

This means McDaniels cannot interview for any job until at least the bye week before the Super Bowl — if the Patriots were to get that far — or whenever the Patriots are out of the postseason. The Patriots will host a divisional round game next Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

As it stands now, there are seven head coaching vacancies: Tampa Bay, Tennessee, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Miami, Cleveland and San Fransisco.

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Report: Josh McDaniels ‘interested’ in Titans head coaching vacancy 01.06.16 at 9:13 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels (middle) has worked closely with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick since 2011. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Josh McDaniels (middle) has worked closely with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick since 2011. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Apparently the prospects of having a young franchise quarterback and the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft appeals to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Long considered a candidate for another head coaching gig in the league, McDaniels’ name surfaced once again Wednesday evening when sources told ESPN’s John Clayton that the offensive guru for Tom Brady would be interested in the job of coaching the Titans, a team that finished 3-13 this past season and earned the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this week that the Dolphins would be interested in sitting down with McDaniels and Matt Patricia and interviewing both for their vacancy after Dan Campbell finished the season on an interim basis.

McDaniels has been the the Patriots’ OC since 2012, reassuming those duties after returning to the franchise in the 2011 playoff run when he left the same job in St. Louis late in the season.

McDaniels hasn’t been a head coach since being fired by the Broncos 12 games into the 2010 season. McDaniels started out 6-0 in 2009 but the team tanked, finishing 8-8 and out of the playoffs. When the Broncos started the next year 3-9, he was shown the door.

The Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt in November, after the team started the season 1-6 with No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota starting at quarterback. Mike Mularkey finished out the season as the team’s interim head coach, and the team said this week that he would be considered as a candidate for the permanent position.

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