McDaniels was fired on Tuesday night, marking the end to his tenure. He recorded a 9-16 record with Las Vegas, after accepting the job in January 2022. This brings his career head coaching record to 20-33, after he went 11-17 with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010.
McDaniels has been more successful as an assistant coach with the Patriots. He most recently was the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2021.
McCourty spoke on “The Greg Hill Show” on Wednesday and indicated he would not be surprised if McDaniels returned to New England, via WEEI’s Mike Kadlick.
“I would not be surprised if Josh was back on staff,” said McDaniels. “But I also, you know, if I’m Josh like, hey man, we’ve still got four and a half years fully guaranteed. For this year, let’s take a little mental break for the rest of this season.
“…I think for New England, Josh has had so much success over there. I would be shocked if they don’t at least call him and say ‘Hey, do you want to come back and lend a helping hand, of some sort.'”
"I would not be surprised if Josh was back on staff. But I also, you know, if I'm Josh like, hey man, we've still got four and a half years fully guaranteed. For this year, let's take a…
— Mike Kadlick (@mikekadlick) November 1, 2023
McDaniels could potentially be a welcome mind for a Patriots organization that has been struggling to find success as of late.
Quarterback Mac Jones had his best year with McDaniels as offensive coordinator. So bringing him back into the fold could be a great long-term move, especially if the team wants to continue building around Jones.