2. Josh McDaniels, (former) HC, Raiders
We've got to take the low-hanging fruit here, even if this is cheating a little bit. I don't think any former Patriot has failed more miserably with a different team in 2023 than Josh McDaniels, who was fired in-season by Mark Davis and the Raiders.
To say McDaniels has embarrassed himself would be a massive understatement. This is now the second time he's been fired in-season by a team as their head coach. Previously, McDaniels disgraced the Denver Broncos and embarrassed the late Hall of Fame owner Pat Bowlen. McDaniels was fired by the Broncos for a number of reasons, but the straw that broke the camel's back was the fact that McDaniels's staff was caught filming the 49ers' walkthrough at a game in London.
McDaniels being fired from the Las Vegas Raiders hasn't prevented that team from staying somewhat relevant in the AFC Wild Card race, and in fact may have revitalized their hopes. The locker room was loose and dare I say excitable after McDaniels left. They were smoking stogies in the locker room after beating the hapless New York Giants, but they weren't celebrating a win over a bad team as much as they were celebrating the Wicked Witch of the West being gone.
I think at this point, it's proven that McDaniels simply doesn't work anywhere outside of under Bill Belichick. There were rumors for so long that he would be the heir apparent to Belichick in New England, but at this point, I don't even think that is a possibility. No one is going to want to hire McDaniels as anything but an assistant, and even then...