Kliff Kingsbury is on his way to the National Football League

Mae Harvey
January 9, 2019

While there were reports that McDaniels was also someone the Cleveland Browns wanted to speak to about their head coach opening, there hasn't been a request from the Browns.

After the Green Bay Packers opted to go with Matt LaFleuer as their new head coach, the window for McDaniels to take a head job after this season seemed to be closing.

The Patriots offensive coordinator told reporters on Tuesday "the book is closed" on his head coaching interviews and he will be in New England moving forward.

The only position that McDaniels interviewed for this off-season was with the Green Bay Packers. The Trojans will have to identify a new offensive coordinator as soon as possible, perhaps looking in the similar directions as were reported before Kingsbury.

After working as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, McDaniels broke into the National Football League as a personnel assistant/coaches assistant on Bill Belichick's staff in 2001, working his way up to become the Patriots' quarterbacks coach in 2004 and taking on the dual role of offensive coordinator-QBs coach in 2006.

McDaniels famously bailed on the Colts after being named head coach last offseason.

"I have no idea, you'd have to obviously ask them if that had anything to do with anything like that", McDaniels said.

While Kingsbury's record of 35-40 coaching the Red Raiders isn't alluring, his track record of quarterbacks that have come under his tutelage sure is.

McDaniels has interviewed for several head coaching opportunities in recent years, but he's grown picky about the teams he'd be willing to leave the Patriots for. McDaniels accepted the Indianapolis job during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII, eventually reversing his decision after the fact.

Tune in to Sunday's Patriots-Chargers divisional round clash on WBZ-TV - the flagship station of the New England Patriots! "I am grateful for the opportunity that I had, but obviously more importantly thankful for the opportunity that I have here".

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