Robert Klemko of SI.com counted down his top assistant coaches who will become head coaches in the NFL and #1 and #2 were both New England coordinators:
1. Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator, New England Patriots (age 41): New England’s offensive coordinator since 2012, McDaniels could have had just about any job in the NFL he wanted for the past three offseasons, but hasn’t found the right fit. He’s technically a re-tread after a humbling two-year stint in Denver, but at 41 with a PhD in Belichick-Brady football, he’s far and away the No. 1 coaching free agent.
2. Matt Patricia, defensive coordinator, New England Patriots (age 43): New England’s defensive play-caller runs a bend- don’t-break unit that gets aggressive in the red zone and allowed the fewest points in the NFL last year. He’s a renowned expert on offensive line protections.
Patricia has made a name for himself as he has consistently created a great defense in New England out of, often times, spare parts. McDaniels is well known for his failure in Denver but is still the hottest commodity on the market.
Source: SI.com · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency