He also said he did not speak with the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy. "That was great, but I am completely focused on the Chargers and our season and finishing strong". I am thankful for the opportunity to meet with Green Bay. He flew in for an interview in the morning and by the afternoon, had signed a four-year contract, bringing his creative offensive ideas and background coaching quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Davis Webb and Baker Mayfield. Lafleur had only one year of experience as an offensive coordinator and that year didn't go very well.
Kliff Kingsbury has been touted as an option for a few of the head-coaching vacancies in the National Football League, including that of the New York Jets, but USC, his current employers, weren't willing to let their offensive coordinator interview for other jobs.
McDaniels said he didn't know if his mishap with the Indianapolis Colts impacted his candidacy this offseason. "At the end, he said, 'Coach, if I decide to come to USC, I'm coming to USC'".
Since returning to New England in 2012 (he was the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator in 2011), McDaniels, Tom Brady and the Patriots have finished no lower than fourth in scoring offense in the NFL.
McDaniels spurning the Colts last off-season likely was a main reason in the Browns not asking to interview him.
McDaniels passed up the chance to be a head coach a year ago. It's a run that allowed him to be a part of all five of New England's Super Bowl wins.
Along the way, of course, there was the freaky scenario last February when McDaniels was in position to take over head coaching duties in Indianapolis only to back out at the last moment, leaving the Colts at the altar to remain with the Patriots. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue competing this week against the Chargers".