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Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia address head-coaching rumors

Ryan Hannable
January 01, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are two of the best coordinators in football, which makes it no surprise they are being highly sought after by teams seeking a new head coach.

Both are already receiving interest, but wouldn't address the rumors much on a conference call Monday morning.

"I mean I have no idea about any of that," Patricia said. "None of that is even really applicable for me right now because I don't have any information on that. I'm in normal mode – came in and graded the Jets. [I'm] trying to take a good look at what we did on defense yesterday and try so see where things that were positive and things that we've got to get better on and working to make sure that we have a good, productive week this week and try to improve those things."

McDaniels did expand a bit by saying no matter what happens, whenever he's inside the Gillette Stadium facility his focus will solely be on the Patriots.

"I mean, that process – whatever it is – it will take place," he said. "I mean, I’m certainly not aware of anything at this point. I’ve just been focused on trying to grade our tape and work with our staff to try to get ourselves ready to have a productive week here with our guys and get ready to go. All of that stuff, you know, usually takes care of itself. There’s a time and a place for all of that, and I’ve gone through it before, which is helpful in terms of being able to balance that and multitask it. But, my focus here when I come into this building will always be on what’s best for the Patriots and trying to do what I can to help us prepare to play our best game the next time we go out on the field."

Added McDaniels: "I mean, all of us here in this building always put the team first. If we don’t, then we wouldn’t be here, and that is not going to change. We’ve put too much time and invested too much of our effort and energy and commitment to one another to put ourselves in a position that we all tried to be in heading into the postseason to try to play our best football, coach our best football in January, and that’s the most important thing, period. All of those others things, there’s a time and a place for all of that stuff, but nothing is going to get in the way of us trying to put our best performance forward the next time that we go out there on the field. That’s what it means to be a Patriot, and we’re going to do that and I know I’m going to do that. Anything and everything else, like I said, is secondary to that."

The coordinators likely will interview with teams this weekend in Foxboro as the Patriots are off until Jan. 13 when they host a divisional round game.