As is the case following most seasons, a few members of the Patriots organization have been targeted by other teams — both on the coaching staff and in the front office.
Some have interviewed, while others continue to wait.
With Sean Payton leaving the Saints Tuesday, there are now nine NFL head coaching jobs available, which means there will be a great deal of movement around the league these next few weeks.
As of Wednesday, here’s where things stand when it comes to members of the Patriots potentially leaving the organization.
Eliot Wolf- The Patriots’ scouting consultant for the last few seasons interviewed with the Bears and Vikings for their GM jobs. He was a finalist in Chicago, but did not get it, and it seems like he will not get the job with Minnesota, either. It seems likely Wolf will remain in New England, which is a good thing as he played a key role in the draft last spring.
Dave Ziegler- Ziegler, who took over for Nick Caserio as the Patriots’ director of player personnel this season, interviewed with Las Vegas for its open GM job at the end of last week. This is his second year interviewing for a GM job as he spoke with Denver last offseason before withdrawing his name from consideration to remain with the Patriots and receiving a promotion. It does seem like the only way Ziegler goes to the Raiders would be in a package deal wth Josh McDaniels.
Josh McDaniels- Speaking of McDaniels, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator has not received any interview requests as of now. The thought behind that is things will move quickly if a team is interested as he has made it clear what he’s looking for in terms of a setup and having a GM he’s familiar with. His name will always come up with Houston, but it doesn’t feel like it’s as good of a fit as some think. As of now, it feels like if he departs this offseason it would be to the Raiders, but there hasn’t been much smoke to that rumor.
Jerod Mayo- Mayo has interviewed with the Broncos and Raiders so far. He’s no longer in the running for the Broncos job and the Raiders are still working through candidates. At first he was reported to be a favorite for the Houston job, but now Josh McCown’s name has picked up steam. At least as of now, it seems like while Mayo is a hot name around the league, his turn to be a head coach may need to wait.