Josh McDaniels is staying in New England.
At least for now.
The Patriots’ offensive coordinator confirmed to reporters Tuesday he will spend a 16th season in Foxborough after failing to land the Packers’ head-coaching job. That job will be given to Matt LaFleur, who served as the Titans’ offensive coordinator this season.
“The book is closed,” McDaniels said Tuesday on his weekly conference call, via ESPN. “It’s always a humbling experience to have an opportunity to interview with anybody for that position.”
A year after stiffing the Colts — verbally agreeing to become their head coach before backing out — he’s throwing in the towel early.
“I was thankful for the opportunity to meet with Green Bay; it always gives you greater insight into another organization of how they do things,” he said. “It’s been very educational for me every time I’ve gone through it and I’ve appreciated every single one of them.”
The former Broncos head coach declined to interview with the Bengals about their head-coaching vacancy and said he had no contact with the Browns, either.
He has the credibility to be picky, even if the Indianapolis fiasco hurt his reputation. As one of the minds behind a consistently good Patriots offense, McDaniels is often a hot commodity on the coaching carousel. The Pats were fourth in points per game (27.3) this season.
McDaniels’ only head-coaching experience came from 2009-2010, when he coached the Broncos. After beginning his tenure 6-0, McDaniels’ controlling coaching style quickly burned out, leading to his being canned before the end of his second season. He finished with an 11-17 record in Denver.