McDaniels says other opportunities 'irrelevant'


McDaniels says other opportunities 'irrelevant'

Josh McDaniels doesn't turn 37 until April.

The Patriots offensive coordinator has crammed a lot of living into the past five years -- architect of the most explosive offense in NFL history in 2007, a successful season without the NFL's best quarterback in 2008, a 6-0 start as Broncos head coach in 2009, a peeing match with a franchise quarterback (also in 2009), a firing in 2010, a hiring...and on...and on.

Despite the way things went for McDaniels in Denver, his resume and youth will make him a head coaching candidate over the next month.

I asked McDaniels Monday morning about that reality.

"I'm thrilled to be back here and I came back here for all the right reasons," he began. "To learn and get better as a coach, to work in an organization that I really have a great deal of respect and appreciation for. I'm happy here. My family's happy here. We're excited about what's ahead of us here in the playoffs. To talk about any other opportunities at this point is, to me, irrelevant.

"I'm totally focused on this season and what this season holds," he added. "I couldn't be more excited to be here and be a New England Patriot and try to do the best job with the title that I have right now."

All that said, there's a strong likelihood McDaniels will be contacted for the head coaching jobs that are opening up. San Diego, Cleveland and Philadelphia are all franchises that could use a savvy offensive mind and a new voice.

McDaniels gave general reflections on what he's learned since being hired to coach the Broncos.

"I think that every opportunity that you have and that I've gone through since I started a long time ago in 2001 here has been a learning experience for me," he stated. "There's certainly gonna be mistakes along the way in every role that you hold and that you have an opportunity to work in.

"As long as you can get better from every mistake you make or even positive results that you get, there's always something to learn from those things to make you a better coach, a better leader, a better teacher, a better person, a better communicator, a better staff member," McDaniels added. "Hopefully, that's what I've tried to do in all my experiences including the ones I've recently had that weren't here in New England. I hope every day that I'm better than I was the day before and every year, the same thing. Going forward in any role that I have I want to be as good as I can be for that organization that I'm working here. I couldn't be more happy to be here in New England."

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents