Is Josh McDaniels the “Coach in Waiting” in New England?

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Will Josh McDaniels take over for Bill Belichick someday? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer Joon Lee

The big, long-term Patriots news was that Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels would not be interviewing for any head coaching jobs this offseason. McDaniels had been linked to the Cleveland Browns head coaching jobs earlier in the week and was likely going to interview for multiple head coaching jobs this offseason.

Now this is all purely speculation, but the idea was brought up today on Felger and Mazz that the reason McDaniels did not want to interview for any jobs was because Belichick would be retiring in the next couple of years.

Is it plausible that Belichick could retire in the next couple of years and McDaniels could take the reigns as the next head coach of the New England Patriots? Sure. Is it going to happen? Don’t think so.

McDaniels has long been the so-called “coach in waiting” even before he left New England for the Denver Broncos. McDaniels has watched over some great Patriots offense, most notably the 2007 juggernaut. But in all honesty, how much of the offense’s greatness was a result of Tom Brady? McDaniels did a great job in 2008 with Matt Cassel, which got him the job in Denver, but this is also the same guy that drafted Tim Tebow in the first round.

The logic behind the argument is that Belichick does not want to taint his legacy. Belichick won the lottery when he drafted Tom Brady in the sixth round, but there was an awful lot of great coaching on the road to his three Super Bowl titles. Brady will likely play for another 3-5 years in the league and the next big decision this franchise is going to have to make is to draft Tom Brady’s replacement.

In my eyes, Belichick is going to be here past the end of Tom Brady’s career. Sure, Belichick could leave football after winning a fourth Super Bowl, but there is a potential at even more greatness is Belichick finds another great quarterback to replace Brady and goes on to win another Super Bowl.

Belichick is only 60 years old and there is no reason why he can’t coach for another 10-15 years. Belichick may retire after his reign as head coach in Foxborough, but there will always be rumors of a team trying to lure Belichick out of retirement, like there is with Bill Cowher every single year. If there are rumors a great coach like Cowher would come out of retirement every single year, imagine the number of rumors there would be for the greatest football coach ever.

Look, Josh McDaniels may be the head coach one day, but I don’t think Belichick will be emptying his office in Foxborough in the near future.

Would you want to McDaniels to take over for Belichick when he retires? If not, who would you choose to replace him?

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4 Responses to “Is Josh McDaniels the “Coach in Waiting” in New England?”

  1. Patrik says:

    I’m waiting for Stephen Belichick.

  2. Caleb says:

    God I hope not. Bill will never retire. He is ageless.

  3. Nick says:

    If he does happen to retire, I hope they can get Saban to replace him.

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