Josh McDaniels could’ve left New England last offseason, here’s reportedly how

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Josh McDaniels has been mentioned with virtually every head-coaching opening the last few offseasons, even after he burned the Colts in 2018.

Last offseason, he interviewed with Cleveland, but ultimately remained in New England.

Many think he plans on staying with the Patriots to take over for Bill Belichick, but according to Albert Breer of the MMQB, that isn’t necessarily the case.

In his weekly mailbag, Breer wrote how McDaniels would have left last offseason.

“I’ll tell you what I know: Had the Browns offered McDaniels the job,and allowed McDaniels to bring a GM with him (it likely would’ve been Patriots scouting exec Dave Ziegler) and set football ops up as he saw fit, he’d be gone already,” he wrote. “And I also know he was intrigued by the Carolina job, which was filled by Matt Rhule just as he was set to interview (the Panthers had to move quickly, for obvious reasons).

“So that tells you that, yes, he’s prepared to take a job elsewhere, but also that the way the place is set up—from ownership to who the GM is to how football ops would be set up—is a big factor for him, after what happened in Denver.”

McDaniels did not interview with Carolina, as the Patriots did not grant permission until all the exit interviews with their players were complete.

If Week 1 with Cam Newton at QB was any indication on how the rest of the year will go, McDaniels should once again be a hot name next offseason.