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coaching job appears to be giving some signs that he is focused on the opportunity to come to Wisconsin. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is scheduled to interview with the Packers on Friday in Foxboro Jake Ryan Jersey , one of several individuals that the Packers will talk to this week.While the Packers are meeting with fellow Patriots assistant Brian Flores on Friday before flying to New Orleans to interview two Saints assistants on Saturday, McDaniels is keeping his schedule clear the rest of the week. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, McDaniels turned down an interview request from the Cincinnati Bengals, which was the only other team known to have asked to meet with him about a head coaching job so far.If other teams would want to talk to McDaniels, they would likely have submitted their requests by now. Because the Patriots earned a first-round bye in the postseason, McDaniels is only eligible to interview the week before the Wild Card round. After Sunday, the next opportunity for him to talk to teams would be either after the Patriots are eliminated from the postseason or the week following the Conference Championship games.For now Lance Kendricks Color Rush Jersey , however, it appears that McDaniels’ options are limited to two: get the Packers’ job, or stay with the Patriots as their OC. One interpretation of his decision to turn down the other interview is that he is focused on getting the job in Green Bay. However, the other option is that the Bengals job is simply not appealing.Bengals owner Mike Brown is also the team’s president and de facto general manager, and therefore calls all the shots for the franchise. He did give former head coach Marvin Lewis a lengthy tenure in Cincinnati — 16 years, to be exact — but there is more to a coaching job than simply job security. The Bengals had an abysmal defense in 2018 and finished 6-10, their third straight year below .500 after a string of five straight playoff appearances (but no postseason victories). Cincinnati’s personnel department also is very thin by NFL standards https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Davon-House-Jersey , employing eight individuals compared to the 18 individuals listed on the Packers’ staff.That structure and Brown’s perceived reluctance to open up his purse strings in free agency may be some reasons why an ESPN poll of league sources found the Bengals’ job to be least-appealing of the eight open head coaching positions across the NFL this offseason. The Packers, meanwhile, are tied with the Browns for first place in the same poll, likely thanks to a somewhat more standard personnel structure — and a certain quarterback named Aaron Rodgers.Whatever the reason, it looks like the Packers will be the only team meeting with McDaniels this week. This suggests that the only team they would be bidding against for his services — should Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst decide he is the man for the job — would be his current employer. When the Patriots suspended defensive end Michael Bennett over a dispute with an assistant coach, it seemed like only a matter of time before they’d get rid of him. It was.The Patriots traded Bennett to the Cowboys today. According to ESPN, The Patriots will get either a 2021 sixth-round pick or a 2021 seventh-round pick Bryan Bulaga Jersey , depending on whether Bennett meets certain conditions.In other words, the Patriots basically gave Bennett away. It’s likely that they wanted to get rid of him but didn’t want to cut him because that could have allowed him to sign with another AFC playoff contender. Trading him to the NFC may have been a higher priority than maximizing the return they could get in a trade.This is the third time Bennett has been traded in a year and a half. The Seahawks traded him to the Eagles in March of 2018, and the Eagles traded him to the Patriots in March of 2019. Now he’s in Dallas, which may be the last stop for a player who turns 34 next month.

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