Patriots reportedly give Josh McDaniels permission to interview with 3 teams

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By WEEI 93.7

Josh McDaniels could potentially be a busy man following the Patriots' Wild Card game Saturday night.

According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have granted permission to the Panthers, Browns and Giants to interview McDaniels for their vacant head-coaching positions.

“I’m 100 percent fully invested in getting ready for Tennessee and trying to put our best performance of the season out there on Saturday night,” McDaniels said on a conference call earlier this week. “We have a lot of work to do. That’s where my focus will be. That’s where it’s at now and it’ll stay there. That’s the best thing for our team. It’s the best thing for me. We’re one of 12 teams that have an opportunity to compete in the postseason. And that’s the only way I’ll ever do it.

"Honestly it’s pretty easy for me in terms of my formula: I’m the offensive coordinator of the Patriots. We have a lot of work to do. We can improve in a lot of areas to try to get ready for this week. It’s our biggest game of the year against certainly the best team we’ve played. This is a postseason game, so our players deserve that, our coaches deserve that, and that’s what they’re going to get from me.”

McDaniels can interview with these teams following the Wild Card game Saturday night. If the Patriots win, it would have to be at a mutually decided time between the Patriots and the team conducting the interview. It's unclear if McDaniels will accept all three, two, or even just one.

In addition, the Patriots have also given the Giants permission to speak with wide receivers/special teams coach Joe Judge.