Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could be the next head coach of the Giants, and for Tom Brady, that is just fine.
The five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback gave McDaniels a ringing endorsement for any team that wants to hire him, or Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, as its next head coach.
“I haven’t spoken to Josh about that, but I can understand obviously why people would have those guys at the top of their list,” Brady said in an interview with WEEI in Boston. “Josh has done an incredible job. He’s an incredible coach and a great friend. This is that time of year where coaches get an opportunity. A lot of coaches got fired and that means other guys will get hired. You want to take the good ones. We have some great coaches and Josh has been such a great coach for me. All those things sort themselves out. I am sure he will be focused on our team and what he needs to do to help us win just like everyone else will when the time comes.”
McDaniels, 41, is reportedly scheduled to interview with the Giants on Friday and also has interviews with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts this week while the Patriots enjoy their first-round bye.
McDaniels continues to be a hot coaching commodity despite an unsuccessful stint as Broncos head coach from 2010-11, in which he went 11-17 before being fired.
He is still recognized as one of the stronger offensive minds in the league and many believe he has learned from his mistakes from when he was a 32-year-old head coach in the NFL.
While many attribute his success as a coach to Brady, McDaniels proved in 2008 when Brady was injured that he could also run a productive offense with Matt Cassel running his system. The then-26-year-old quarterback with little experience threw for 21 touchdowns and 3,693 yards, which remains his career-best, that season.
With the Giants, McDaniels would get to work with a likely Hall of Fame quarterback in Eli Manning finishing his career while simultaneously molding his own young quarterback from the draft, or Davis Webb.
He could also end up with the Colts, where he would have Andrew Luck — if he can stay healthy — or with the Bears and their young, promising quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.