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Why Would Patriots Coach Josh McDaniels Pick Raiders Over Texans?

To heck with “Patriots South”; why not hold out for the Las Vegas Raiders to morph into “Patriots West”?

Early critics of the Houston Texans’ handling of Josh McDaniels in their all-important head coach search - including me - offered one scolding observation:

Given GM Nick Caserio’s long-time friendship with McDaniels, and their shared New England back ground …

Why has he given the Texans the stiff-arm?

And now maybe we know: To heck with “Patriots South”; why not hold out for the Las Vegas Raiders to morph into “Patriots West”?

New England offensive coordinator McDaniels - the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL (at an estimated $4 million annually) - might suddenly have a reason to again leave boss Bill Belichick’s bosom, as the Raiders list of new GM candidates include Dave Ziegler, who has been working … Guess where?

That’s right. Bill Belichick’s aforementioned bosom.

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McDaniels, 45, has three Super Bowl victories to his credit, plus a failed tenure as the Denver head coach. Another blemish exists as a result of his accept-then-quit relationship from 2018 with the Indianapolis Colts.

But can McDaniels coach? Caserio knows he can.

And so does Ziegler.

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The Texans, under Caserio building from scratch in so many ways, might find a fine coach to guide a roster that isn’t as good as the one the Raiders just rode to the postseason. That is a present, but hopefully not-forever, reality. So is, in fairness, a mention of the fact that Nick is so far 0-of-1 in his pursuits. (See: Culley, David.)

So if McDaniels has his pick? He’s understandably picking the superior roster … and a western version of the Patriots.