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Patriots OC Josh McDaniels Wants to Be a Head Coach Again

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters Tuesday that he “absolutely” still has aspirations of returning to the head coaching ranks.

“I definitely want to do that,” McDaniels said. “I’d love to have that opportunity if it presents itself.”

McDaniels has been on Bill Belichick’s staff for all six Super Bowl wins in New England, serving as his offensive coordinator for 13 seasons. His first stint as a head coach was a brief one though, as McDaniels was fired in 2010 just a season and a half into his tenure with with the Denver Broncos.

Since then he’s been often sought after, but very picky about where he goes next. After being announced as Indianapolis’ head coach in 2018, McDaniels left the Colts at the altar.

He’s gone on interviews elsewhere, but has yet to depart Foxborough for a second time. Head coaches often get two chances. If neither goes well, it’s tough to get a third look.

Patriots Get CB J.C. Jackson Added to the Fan Ballot of the NFL Pro Bowl

Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson has been added to the NFL Pro Bowl fan ballot after being snubbed at first by the league.

Jackson leads the NFL with six interceptions, was added to the fan ballot for the Pro Bowl on Wednesday after initially being left off.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl began Tuesday, and Jackson’s absence created a buzz on social media, highlighting the process by which players land on the ballot.

The NFL asks teams to submit 11 players on offense, 11 players on defense and five special-teamers for the ballot. The Patriots, as is their standard procedure over the years, initially submitted their base defense with a front seven and four defensive backs.

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore and veteran Jason McCourty are starters at cornerback, so Jackson wasn’t part of the list the Patriots initially submitted.

The Patriots reached out to the NFL on Wednesday morning and requested a switch to a nickel defense, removing a linebacker and adding Jackson.

Video: Patriots Look to Get to .500 as They Take on Watson and the Texans

The 4-5 Pats are coming off a huge Sunday night victory over the Ravens, and will look to get to .500 this week as they travel to Houston to take on the Texans.

The 2-7 Texans are having a tough season, and will look to land the upset on Cam Newton and the Pats.

Here’s a preview from NFL.com.

Patriots QB Cam Newton Says No Panic Button Being Pushed Despite Team Being Under .500

After the Patriots slipped under .500 for the first time this deep into a season since 2002, quarterback Cam Newton expressed confidence in a turnaround, Mike Riess of ESPN Boston reports.

“There’s no need to press the panic button. There’s no need to start reinventing the wheel. We have the answers in that locker room,” Newton said Monday morning in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI.

Newton was 17-of-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions in the loss, and noted that his timing was off, which resulted in him holding on to the ball too long at times. He was sacked four times.

“I just have to be better, and I can’t stress that enough moving forward. The anticipation was off, I think that was the biggest discrepancy in not having practice,” he said in the radio interview. “Usually in most times, you can throw it way before the receiver is looking for it, and be on the money with it. But not having practice for as long as I have had practice, it just showed.”

Patriots Game Against Denver Moved From Monday to Next Sunday

Sunday morning the league announced that the game that was supposed to take place Monday night between the Pats and Broncos is now being moved to next Sunday, and that the Pats will have their bye week this week instead.

Denver’s scheduled game against the Dolphins will have to be rescheduled for later in the 2020 season.

Patriots Home Game Against Broncos Moved to Monday Night

Covid-19 has impacted the Pats against this week, as the team has been told that they are going to have to wait till Monday night to take on the Broncos at home.

The Pats placed cornerback Stephon Gilmore on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after he tested positive.

Quarterback Cam Newton had tested positive last Friday, while practice-squad defensive tackle Bill Murray was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Being on the list does not mean a player has tested positive for the coronavirus; it could also mean he has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Bill Belichick Says It’s Safety First for the Patriots

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday morning that the team’s facility will remain closed through at least the rest of the day, as “it’s the health and safety of the team first and football second,” Mike Riess of ESPN Boston reports.

Belichick added that the Patriots are still preparing to play Sunday’s game against the Broncos at Gillette Stadium (CBS, 4:25 p.m. ET) until advised otherwise by those making medical decisions for the team and NFL. The Patriots, who are holding all meetings virtually, received no new positive tests from Wednesday’s results that came back late Wednesday, according to a source.

The team placed cornerback Stephon Gilmore on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after he tested positive. Quarterback Cam Newton had tested positive last Friday, while practice-squad defensive tackle Bill Murray was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. Being on the list does not mean a player has tested positive for the coronavirus; it could also mean he has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Of his level of concern for the continued health and safety of the team, Belichick said, “There’s nothing more important than the health of the team. Without a healthy team, you don’t have a team. That’s priority No. 1, and I’d say not only to our team but to their families and people that are close to them. That’s always our No. 1 concern. We try to do everything we can to make that the best we can make it. That’s the way it’s always been, and that’s not going to change.”

Belichick, 68, was asked how he is feeling personally and said he was “great.”

The Patriots haven’t been able to practice with their facility closed the last two days.

“We continued our preparation for Denver with virtual calls, and we’ll just kind of take the situation day by day,” Belichick said. “When we feel that it’s safe for everyone to come back, we’ll do that. We all have questions, and this is really more of a medical situation than a football situation. We’ll work through the decisions and input from the people in the medical field — combination of Patriots and league.”

Cam Newton Tests Positive for Covid-19; Game vs KC to be Moved to Monday or Tuesday

In a stunning turn of events 24 hours before the Pats game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Patriots QB Cam Newton has been ruled out after a positive covid-19 test.

Schefter also reports via twitter that the Pats are doing mass testing and re-testing and, so far, there is no spread, per source.

Brian Hoyer is expected to be the starter in the game against Kansas City, but now there’s a report that the game will be moved to Monday or Tuesday.

The New York Times reports that the NFL is looking closely at the situation.

“In consultation with infectious disease experts, both clubs are working closely with the N.F.L. and the N.F.L.P.A. to evaluate multiple close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the league said in a statement. “All decisions will be made with the health and safety of players, team and gameday personnel as our primary consideration.”