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Mike Lombardi weighs in on Josh McDaniels potentially going to Green Bay

Ryan Hannable
December 05, 2018 - 11:19 am

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels potentially going to the Packers or Browns has been a big topic the last few days.

Former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi weighed in on the situation on this week's edition of The Ringer's GM Street podcast.

Lombardi noted how much more involved Packers CEO Mark Murphy is in the decision-making. 

“Is that something Josh McDaniels would want? I don’t know," Lombardi said. "Josh McDaniels thought when he went to San Francisco perhaps he would take [general manager Brian] Gutekunst with him as his personnel director, so they kind of know each other. There is a relationship there. However, with that being said, is Murphy going to allow Josh McDaniels to come in and run the Patriot Way? Is he going to allow him to come in and establish what he wants up there? And does Gutekunst understand what that is. There is a lot of moving pieces here and the trigger here is the guy that is hiring you isn’t the guy you’re working side-by-side with.”

Lombardi also noted McDaniels signed an extension with the Patriots last year, reportedly for five years, so how would the organization feel about him leaving after just one year under his new deal?

“I think there will be some hold over [from last year]," he said. "I think you have to be concerned if he will actually leave. I am sure Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, is probably saying, ‘Look, I gave you this huge raise, I don’t expect you to take the first job. I didn’t pay you this huge raise for one year.’ I think that conversation is going to take place. Kraft is usually not giving away money just because he likes to give away money. I think there is more to this.

"I think there are a lot of moving parts, plus how do you know he’s really going to come? How do you know unless you get him signed to a contract he’s really going to take the job? Green Bay is not for everybody. It’s up there and it is the Frozen Tundra. He’s got four young kids. Could they live up there? I know it’s the midwest, but it is the mid, midwest. It is up in the midwest. It’s not exactly Boston and all that. I think there are a lot of moving pieces.”

McDaniels was asked about the head-coaching rumors on Tuesday and deflected, saying he's focused on this week against Miami and not looking to the future.

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