The Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The two teams have also requested to speak with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase about their head coaching vacancies, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
McDaniels, 38, has brief head coaching experience. After serving as the offensive coordinator for the Patriots from 2006-2008, he replaced Mike Shanahan as the coach of the Denver Broncos in January, 2009. The Broncos finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs in McDaniels' first year, and in the midst of a second year full of controversy and losing, he was fired in the middle of the 2010 season, after Denver got off to a 3-9 start. After a year as the Rams' offensive coordinator in 2011, he returned to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots in 2012.
Gase, 36, has been a coach in the NFL since 2003. He has been with the Broncos since 2009, first as a receivers coach, then as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2013.
In Gase's first season as offensive coordinator, the Broncos set a new NFL record for points in a season and won the AFC championship. They were the first team in 45 years to score at least 50 points in three different games.
Gase was a candidate for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job last offseason but removed himself from consideration. Gase's agent, Bob LaMonte, believed at the time that Gase could garner consideration for multiple head coaching opportunities by spending another season with the Broncos, Cleveland.com reported.
The 49ers are seeking to replace Jim Harbaugh, after he and the team mutually agreed to part ways Sunday. Harbaugh will become the new head coach at the University of Michigan. The Falcons announced Monday that they fired head coach Mike Smith.
- Dan Gartland