Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia will both likely receive job offers – or at least job interest – this offseason. Several New England coordinators, however, have not had a lot of success as NFL head coaches.
“I don’t know if I have a direct answer to that,” CBS Sports and Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “My one answer I always go into is this: In New England, Bill is king. Bill Belichick is king. Bill Belichick is one of the smartest people I’ve ever been around. I tell people all the time, if he was down on Wall Street, he’d be running Goldman Sachs or Bank of America and we’d all be calling him the wolf of wall street. He’s just smart as hell and he’s going to outwork just about anybody on the planet. I think the one thing that happens in New England sometimes is it’s all about supplying Bill with information. Everybody is supplying Bill with information. He’s going to make the correct decision from there. I think the thing that doesn’t happen is you don’t really ever get to understand why he makes the decision or what is going into the thinking of the decision. There is where coordinators and sometimes GMs, player personnel people – they don’t get to be a part of that discussion with Bill and why he’s doing what he’s doing. That may be the one little thing that I can point at.”
McDaniels and Patricia have both done an outstanding job this season. The Patriots rank third in the league in scoring offense (27.6 points per game) and first in scoring defense (15.6 points per game).
“I’m a huge believer in Josh McDaniels,” Simms said. “Josh McDaniels, that was a raw deal in Denver that year in 2009. I was there. I was the backup quarterback. There were a lot of issues going on in that organization that were more than Josh McDaniels, and I’ll just leave it at that. Matt Patricia is another guy that I would just be shocked if he doesn’t succeed. I really would. But Bill, for the most part, he keeps you there. He’s smart. He tries to keep all his secrets in that building and not a whole lot of people have gotten out through the years.”
New England (14-2), which has won the AFC East in 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight straight, has a bye this week. The Patriots will host a divisional game on Jan. 14.