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Josh McDaniels to interview with Colts on Thursday

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Josh McDaniels (right) and Matt Patricia may be coaching elsewhere next season.

By Globe Staff 

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The Patriots might not be the only team on Josh McDaniels’s mind this week because the offensive coordinator is in high demand among teams searching for a new head coach.

McDaniels has interviews scheduled with the Colts on Thursday and the Bears and Giants on Friday, a league source told the Globe. All of McDaniels’s interviews will be conducted in Foxborough.

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The interview process is nothing new for McDaniels, who left the Patriots to coach the Broncos in 2009 and has received many other overtures since his return to New England in 2012. McDaniels spoke with the Jaguars, Rams and 49ers about their vacancies last season.

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McDaniels also isn’t the only Bill Belichick assistant in demand these days, as defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is another hot name and has been linked, in particular, to the Giants and Lions jobs. The Cardinals also have reportedly requested to interview Patricia, as well as Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores.

Even though the Patriots are still playing, coaches are allowed to interview with teams during the bye week. Should teams request second interviews, Patriots coaches would be allowed to sit for those between the AFC Championship game and the team’s departure for the Super Bowl, should they make it that far. Otherwise, second interviews could take place after the team has been eliminated.

Both McDaniels and Patricia said on conference calls Monday that they would take the process as it comes to them and that they are remaining focused on their tasks in New England.

Belichick praised his disciples, as he’s done many times in the past when they have been mentioned as potential hires.


Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed Nora Princiotti can be reached at nora.princiotti@globe.com
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