Ian Rapoport on G&K: Mutual interest between Patriots, Bill O'Brien


With Josh McDaniels now the head coach in Las Vegas, who will be the next Patriots offensive coordinator?

Current Alabama offensive coordinator and former Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien seems like a top candidate.

Appearing on Gresh & Keefe Thursday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport said he believes there's mutual interest.

“I do believe there’s interest," he said. "I think there’s interest from them and I think there’s interest from him and a lot of times when that’s the case, these things end up working out.

“But, they have to go through a process. They have to interview multiple candidates. They have to interview candidates who are minorities. They have to go through all of that. We’re not there yet and I would say typically, the Patriots work very, very slow on staffing. I can remember many times they would go to the combine and not be set on staffing, so I am not sure it will happen imminently, but I do believe there’s mutual interest. Honestly, it just makes a lot of sense for all parties.”

Rapoport also said he believes the Patriots are confident in their plan to replace McDaniels.

“Bill O’Brien makes sense, but a lot of time the Patriots promote from within whenever humanly possible," he said. "I would also add this: I know Bill Belichick wanted to keep Josh McDaniels, but this was definitely not like last time. This was not him saying, ‘Hold on, hold on let’s offer you this…’ I think they understood and were OK with him going, which makes me think the Patriots are confident in whatever the backup plan is in New England.”

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