New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left the franchise once, but it might take a home-run offer to get him to do it again.
ESPN reported Monday that McDaniels, considered a priority interview candidate for multiple head-coaching vacanices, has informed suitors that he’s planning to remain with the Patriots for the 2013 season and isn’t interested in participating in the interview process.
While McDaniels said Monday that he’s not looking to leave, he didn’t entirely rule out the possibility.
“I’m happy here, my family’s happy here, and we’re excited about what’s ahead of us here in the playoffs,” he said. “To talk about any other opportunities at this point is, to me, irrelevant, because I’m totally focused on this season and what this season holds, and couldn’t be more excited to be here and be a New England Patriot and try to do the best job that I can with the title that I have now.”
McDaniels posted an 11-17 record in nearly two full seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2009-10. He returned late last season to the Patriots as an assistant coach after spending most of the 2011 season as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, and was promoted to offensive coordinator when Bill O’Brien was named head coach at Penn State.
Coach Bill Belichick has seen many assistants leave and encounter difficulty, including McDaniels, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, as head coaches. But he praised McDaniels, saying he does “a good job in all areas” and has “meant a lot.”
“As far as any other situation, I really couldn’t comment on any other team or situation,” Belichick said. “I have no idea what somebody else is looking for or what their criteria are or what their situation is, for that matter, as an outsider. As I said, I think Josh has done a great job this year. How that fits into some other situation, I have no idea.”
Andy Reid is reportedly on his way to becoming the Arizona Cardinals next coach.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that “it is a done deal” and KTVK-TV in Arizona reported that Reid is “very close” to being named the Cardinals’ coach. ESPN also reported that there is a “95 percent” chance that Reid will be hired by Arizona.
Reid was fired Monday as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinals’ job opened up when Ken Whisenhunt was fired the same day.
Reid coached Philadelphia for 14 years and was let go after a 4-12 season.
Arizona reportedly planned to interview its defensive coordinator, Ray Horton.
Suspecting he would be fired by the Eagles, Reid had already started putting together a coaching staff for the 2013 season.
Reid has several reasons for his interest in the job. His wife, Tammy, is from the Phoenix area. He would also be reunited with quarterback Kevin Kolb, whom he drafted and coached in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick criticized teammates after coach Andy Reid was fired Monday.
The Eagles just completed a 4-12 season and Reid was let go after 14 years on the job.
Vick ripped the team for showing a lack of effort.
“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment,” Vick said via CSNPhilly.com. “Until you get guys who are willing to better themselves week in and week out and want to win, you’re not going to win. And I haven’t played with guys like that. It’s unfortunate for Coach things turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”
Vick missed several games this season because of a concussion and rib injuries. He lost his job to Nick Foles but returned to start the season finale when Foles was out with a concussion.
Vick said he was fully committed this season, but could not say the same for some of his teammates.
“I give 110 percent effort,” he said. “My body is scarred up all year. I’m hurt, I’m bruised, get up after every hit and still try and fight and push. I do that for my coaches. I do that for my teammates. And I would expect the same thing in return. …
“(T)here are guys in here that gave it their all. But you need consistent effort from every guy in this locker room.”
There is a good change that Vick will not play for the Eagles next season. He is due $15.5 million in 2013 but reportedly is not willing to restructure his contract and the team is unlikely to keep him for that amount.
New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora told the Michael Kay Show in New York that he does not expect to be back with the team next season.
The 10-year pro does not like his role as a situational pass rusher and believes he is a starter.
“I feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York,” he said. “It was a great run. I think now is probably the time to move on. There’s really not much left for me to accomplish here in New York. Look at things that have been done here, what is there that is to be done that I haven’t done? We won a championship twice. I think I’ve been a Pro Bowl player. Everything has pretty much gone better than I could have imagined in New York.
“So if there is a time to leave, it probably would be now, but there is no telling what would happen.”
Umenyiora started four of 16 games for New York in 2012, registering 43 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.
“I’ve earned the right to be a free agent,” Umenyiora said. “It’s been 10 years. I signed a seven-year deal and they made me play out all seven of those years. If they wanted me back, I think something would have been done before now.”