Patriots' McDaniels staying in New England

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McDaniels was rumoured to be a coaching candidate with the Cleveland Browns, but he denied having any contact with them.

After the Green Bay Packers opted to go with Matt LaFleuer as their new head coach, the window for McDaniels to take a head job after this season seemed to be closing. After Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced in late November that Kingsbury would not return to the school for a seventh season, Kingsbury was hired by USC on December 5.

McDaniels accepted the Colts' offer to become their head coach past year, even hiring assistant coaches, only to back out of the verbal deal the day before he was to be introduced by the franchise.

NBC's Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that Kingsbury could use the small buyout in his contract to leave the program and be free to interview with NFL teams.

Just last week a report surfaced that USC was preventing Kingsbury from interviewing for head coaching positions with the Cardinals and New York Jets. Kingsbury first learned the offense playing under Mike Leach at Texas Tech. When that ended following the 2010 season, he spent the 2011 season as offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams before rejoining the Patriots in 2012.

You would have to think McDaniels would love to work with another great quarterback and, due to his extensive experience with Brady, knows just how to do so. The Aggies rode a prolific offense to a 10-2 record in 2018, as their 47.5 points per game ranked second in the nation. After a little over one month as USC OC, he will now be moving on to coach the Cards. In addition, the performance of Aggies sophomore quarterback Jordan Love would be encouraging for USC fans looking for growth from freshman signal-caller JT Daniels. Arians coached the Arizona Cardinals for five years, stepping down after the 2017 season with a 50-32-1 record that included one NFC Championship game appearance.

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