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Is McDaniels now the heir apparent to Bill Belichick?

Is McDaniels now the heir apparent to Bill Belichick?
From ESPN - February 7, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has backed out of becoming the Indianapolis Colts head coach and will once again team up with quarterback Tom Brady, which sparks a few questions.

1. Is McDaniels the heir apparent for the Patriots' head-coaching job when Bill Belichick decides to retire?

Not necessarily, but it seems fair to say he will be given a prime opportunity to succeed Belichick if he so desires. Belichick turns 66 on April 16, and while he has committed to return to the team in 2018, he is obviously closer to the end of his career than the start or middle. McDaniels values the stability he has had in New England for his family, and in meetings with owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft the past two days, he now has a clearer picture of how he is viewed even though he has been given no assurances for the future. Such clarity was not there for him in December when he was considering how aggressively to pursue head-coaching vacancies across the NFL. He also lacked certainty on Belichick and Brady's plans at that time. But one future question for McDaniels to consider: Would he really want to replace Belichick whenever that time comes? That might be one of the toughest jobs in the NFL, although if McDaniels could team up with close pal and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, it might entice him to take the plunge if that opportunity presents itself. One thing he probably has learned through his previous head-coaching experience and other interviews is that there is no perfect situation.

2. Where does this leave McDaniels in terms of ever getting a head-coaching offer again?

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