The good news for Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge on Monday meant bad news for one of his former colleagues.
Once Judge and the Giants began finalizing a deal that would make him their next head coach, Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was unofficially left with a single head-coaching interview this offseason. He started with three.
Earlier in the day, the Panthers agreed to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their next head coach. Like the Giants, McDaniels had been scheduled to sit down with Carolina about their coaching vacancy. Once considered a leading candidate, McDaniels now finds himself fighting in a crowd for the last NFL head coaching vacancy: Cleveland's.
McDaniels will meet with the Browns on Friday, according to multiple reports. He withdrew his name from consideration for the Cleveland job five years ago and did not interview with the front office last offseason, when it hired Freddie Kitchens. Other candidates, per ESPN, include 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Salah, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy among others.
An Ohio native, McDaniels reportedly began assembling a staff last week when he was granted permission to interview with other franchises for their head-coaching positions.
If he accepts an offer from the Browns, who do not presently have a general manager, McDaniels could try to lure Nick Caserio, the Pats' top personnel executive, to come with him. Caserio's contract is up in May. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, McDaniels would recommend either Caserio, Patriots pro personnel director Dave Ziegler or former Pats executive Scott Pioli to become the team's next GM.