Giants Interview Patriots' Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels

Posted Jan 5, 2018

The Giants have interviewed Patriots D-Coordinator Matt Patricia for the team's head coach position: 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Josh McDaniels, a member of New England’s coaching staff for all five of the Patriots’ Super Bowl championships, including two as offensive coordinator, today became the third candidate and first offensive coach to interview for the Giants’ head coaching position.

McDaniels was interviewed in Foxborough, Massachusetts by Giants president John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman, and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams, the threesome conducting the initial interviews. Giants chairman Steve Tisch will meet with the candidates later in the process.

The trio of executives met Wednesday with Steve Spagnuolo, the Giants’ defensive coordinator who was the interim head coach for the final four games of the 2017 season, and this morning with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

McDaniels has coached under Bill Belichick with the Patriots for 14 of the last 17 seasons. The 2017 season was his sixth in his second stint as New England’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. McDaniels previously held those dual positions from 2006-08.

In the 2017 regular season, the Patriots led the NFL in total yards (394.2 a game) and were second in passing yards (276.1) and scoring (28.6 points-per-game). It was the seventh time McDaniels’ offense finished with a top 10 ranking, and the third time it had the league’s highest yardage total (also 2007 and 2012). New England finished 13-3, tying three other teams for the league’s best record, and has a bye this weekend.

McDaniels is also widely credited with helping develop Tom Brady into arguably the best quarterback in NFL history. This season, Brady led the NFL with 4,577 passing yards and threw 32 touchdown passes against only eight interceptions. In 2017, Brady was elected to his ninth Pro Bowl in his 10 seasons with McDaniels serving as his position coach. Brady has been elected to the Pro Bowl seven times and eclipsed 4,000 yards passing for the ninth time in 2017.

McDaniels first served as an assistant with the Patriots from 2001-08, and played a key role on a staff that won three Super Bowl titles and four AFC championships.

He first joined the Patriots organization as a personnel assistant for the 2001 team that defeated the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, and served as a defensive assistant on the 2003 club that won Super Bowl XXXVIII. McDaniels was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2004, a season that culminated with a victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. From 2006-08, he was New England’s offensive coordinator while also remaining the quarterbacks coach.

In 2007, the Patriots scored a then-NFL record 589 points. Brady was named the NFL Most Valuable Player and broke the league record for touchdown passes in a season (50) and led the league in both passing yards (4,806) and passer rating (117.2). Brady also set franchise marks in nearly every major passing category, while wide receiver Wes Welker set the franchise record for receptions in a season (112) and Randy Moss broke the NFL record for touchdown receptions with 23.

After Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2008 regular-season opener, another McDaniels protégé, Matt Cassel, led the club to a 10-5 record. In his first season as an NFL starter, Cassel posted the fourth-best completion percentage in Patriots history (63.4) while passing for 3,693 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

McDaniels spent the 2009-10 seasons as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. His record was 11-7 before he was released with four games remaining in his second season. During McDaniels’ first season in Denver, quarterback Kyle Orton set career highs for pass attempts, completions,
passing yards, touchdown passes and passer rating while tying his career low for interceptions. Orton’s 3,802 yards were the sixth highest for a season in Broncos history. In 2010, the Broncos ranked seventh in the NFL in passing yards per game and finished 13th in total yards per game.

In 2011, McDaniels was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams, who were then coached by Spagnuolo.

A native of Canton, Ohio, McDaniels attended John Carroll University, where he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Blue Streaks from 1995-98.