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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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Bill Belichick on D&H praises Patriots coordinators, ‘their choice’ to take potential head coaching job 01.09.17 at 5:42 pm ET
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Bill Belichick praised his coordinators on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick praised his coordinators on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe on Monday to preview Saturday’s divisional round game against the Texans and also to discuss Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia potentially taking head coaching jobs. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On Saturday, Patricia interviewed the the Rams and Chargers, while McDaniels met with the 49ers, Rams and Jaguars (Jacksonville reportedly has hired Doug Marrone).

Belichick was asked about the two and if he takes pride in having his coaches get head coaching interviews.

“It happened last year, so it’s not a novel thing,” he said. “It is what it is. They have done a good job for me and if an opportunity comes up for them that is right for them, then I hope if they want to move on that way professionally then that’s their choice.”

As for the Texans matchup on Saturday, Belichick said the team got a head start on them since they played on Saturday against the Raiders.

“Just trying to see what is going to happen in the Pittsburgh game,” he said. “We had already started on Houston because they had won Saturday night and just confirming, I mean kind of felt Pittsburgh had the upper-hand there playing at home, but you never know. Once we got to about the middle of the third quarter, we folded up all the Miami stuff and kept going on Houston.”

The Patriots will see a familiar face on the defensive side of the ball in Vince Wilfork, who played for the Patriots from 2004-14. Belichick drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft and coached him for his entire career in New England, which means he knows he special of a player and person Wilfork is.

“Vince is a really special guy,” he said. “Not only on the field, but off the field, his ability to connect with pretty much everybody — owners, coaches, players, offensive players, defensive players, you name it, [his wife] Biana. The things they did as a family and did with the entire team whether it was the D-linemen or taking the defense over to their house, having cookouts and so forth. Things like that. They were just good team-building things. Good relationship building.

“He was a big player and a good player for us. Had a lot of big plays. Had some huge plays. Sacking [Joe] Flacco on a play in the playoffs, an interception against Oakland to win the game in ’14. Things like that. He’s been a big impact on this organization.”

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Josh McDaniels down to 2 options for head coaching job from Saturday interviews at 4:07 pm ET
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It doesn't look like Josh McDaniels will be the next coach of the Jaguars. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

It doesn’t look like Josh McDaniels will be the next coach of the Jaguars. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — One head coaching job is off the market.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars are set to hire Doug Marrone as their next head coach.

It’s worth noting since Josh McDaniels interviewed with them Saturday and MMQB’s Peter King added he impressed the Jaguars the most of the three teams he met with.

Marrone was the interim head coach following Gus Bradley being fired during the year.

The 52-year-old was the head coach of the Bills in 2013 and 2014 before Rex Ryan took over in 2015.

McDaniels also interviewed with the Rams and 49ers, both of which have not more a hire.

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