This isn’t his first rodeo when it comes to head coaching vacancies and Josh McDaniels won’t pay attention to the hype, at least not yet.
The big test will be during the Patriots bye week, when assistant coaches who are on playoff teams get a chance to interview for possible positions.
There are 5 coaching vacancies and the count could go up, and McDaniels knows that he has caught the eye of owners and personnel chiefs around the league for his high powered offense.
However, could his previous experience being the head coach in Denver give him new insight on how to handle the sudden blown kisses tossed his way from other NFL teams?
"I'm thrilled to be back here and came back here for all the right reasons – to learn and to get better as a coach, to work in an organization that I really have a great deal of respect and appreciation for," according to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com.
"I'm happy here," McDaniels said. "My family is happy here. We’re excited about what’s ahead of us here in the playoffs, and to talk about any other opportunities at this point is, to me, irrelevant, because I’m totally focused on this season and what this season holds.
I couldn’t be more excited to be here and be a New England Patriot and try to do the best job that I can with the title I have right now."
"I think that every opportunity that you have, and certainly [all] that I’ve gone through since I started a long time ago in 2001 here, has been a learning experience for me.
There are certainly going to be mistakes along the way in every role that you hold and that you have and opportunity to work in.
I think as long as you can go through that process and try to get better from each mistake that you make or from each positive result that you get, there’s always something to learn from those things and try to make you a better coach, a better leader, a better teacher, a better person, a better communicator, a better staff member."