A grateful Josh McDaniels says he was humbled by latest round of interviews

Mike Petraglia
January 09, 2017 - 7:28 am
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[caption id="attachment_115812" align="alignright" width="400"] Josh McDaniels could have more to smile about if he gets the chance to lead another team in the NFL in 2017. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)[/caption] Josh McDaniels knows all about compartmentalizing. He noted Monday during his conference call with reporters as the offensive coordinator of the Patriots that his job requires that each and every day. Over the weekend, he had the chance to step out of his role as OC of the NEP and into the shoes of a candidate who is presumably highly sought as a future head coaching candidate. The 49ers, Jaguars and Rams had their chance to speak with the 40-year-old offensive guru. "It's humbling," McDaniels said. "It's a privilege to have an opportunity to do any of those things. I feel very fortunate to have an opportunity to sit in front of those people, that they would listen to me and spend time with me. Just got to do the best you can to represent yourself, your team, your organization that you come from, your family as best you can, and all the rest of it will play out how it's supposed to play out." McDaniels is in a different position than defensive coordinator Matt Patricia or general manager Nick Caserio. McDaniels has 28 games on his resume as an NFL head coach, posting a 11-17 mark while in charge of the Broncos in 2009-10. McDaniels had a chance to sell himself to the three teams over the weekend. But as soon as those meetings were over, he quickly turned his focus back on the team that still employs him. "The profession we work in requires that each week," McDaniels said. "We get ready for one team. We put all our focus, our time, our preparation, our energy into getting ready to do the best we can each week against a certain opponent. And the very next day, as soon as the game ends actually, our focus shifts to something different, whether that's how we improve from what we just did to the preparation for the scouting report, the game plan for the next opponent. "I think honestly, we've been trained to switch gears and really tie our focus into the thing that is at hand. If it's a workday, we know where our focus is going to lie. It's absolutely going to be on the Texans this week, and I'm looking forward to getting ready to go."