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Former Patriots coach in ‘hot seat’ with new team, analyst says

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Bill Belichick’s coaching tree doesn’t have the greatest history, and another branch could soon fall to the proverbial floor. Former Patriots offensive coordinator and current Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was one of a few guys on the hot list, according to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin.

According to Volin, some financial details could protect McDaniels’ job, but there’s no question his team was a massive disappointment in 2022.

“[McDaniels] has received a vote of confidence from owner Mark Davis and may be spared unless Davis chooses to pay another acquisition after paying Jon Gruden a large sum,” Volin wrote. “But someone will take the fall, and most likely on the defensive side, where the Raiders are among the worst in several categories (more on that below). Things are probably not looking good for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.”

Under McDaniels, the Raiders are 3-7. McDaniels, who has made a name for himself as an offensive guru best credited for bringing Mac Jones a successful rookie season, hasn’t carried his success to Vegas in 2022.

The Raiders are 20th in the NFL in points scored, despite signing All-World WR DeVante Adams to a massive overtime after being traded for him during the offseason. If McDaniels doesn’t sink even deeper into a futile pit, he could make it into the 2023 season.

However, the Raiders need to start winning some games if McDaniels is to maintain his current position.

Based on the ups and downs of the Patriots offense this year, there’s likely a contingent of people longing for a return to the McDaniels era. While McDaniels had his critics during his two tenures as offensive coordinator for the Patriots, there was never any doubt as to the man’s competence in the position of play-calling.

If McDaniels is removed from his Las Vegas post and the Patriots are yet to hire a true offensive coordinator/play-caller, you can count on the rumors of a return for the former Super Bowl-winning coordinator.

At this point, it’s a little too early to speculate too deeply. However, keep an eye on the Raiders’ most recent season-ending record. That might be the first shoe to drop if anything is brewing in terms of a reunion.

Seasoned cornerback veterans like Darius Slay need to set goals. They’ve already made it to the NFL, formed Pro Bowls and All-Pro teams. Aside from playing and winning a Super Bowl (something most people who’ve spent a lot of time playing Detroit Lions can’t relate to), there’s not much Slay hasn’t done.

According to a recent comment from Slay, the veteran has his sights set on a personal goal that involves taking out a certain future Hall of Famer quarterback.

The Eagles and the Green Bay Packers are going in opposite directions overall. Philadelphia leads the NFC rankings with a 9-1 record while the Packers are 4-7 and have lost six of their last seven games.

Perhaps the pick Slay covets is the final nail in the coffin for the Packers’ elusive playoff hopes.

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