2. Nick Caley
Nick Caley spent eight seasons on the New England sideline from 2015-2022 before moving to work under offensive mastermind Sean McVay as the Los Angeles Rams' tight ends coach. Prior to his departure for Southern California, Caley had been the longest-tenured Patriots assistant.
Caley was a rumored candidate to replace Josh McDaniels as New England's play-caller in 2022, but Bill Belichick ultimately opted to go with two non-offensive coaches in Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. Caley also interviewed with the Patriots for their offensive coordinator position last season before the team moved forward with Bill O'Brien.
In addition to New England, the 40-year-old Caley also interviewed last offseason for the vacant New York Jets offensive coordinator spot and with the Houston Texans for a spot on their offensive staff.
On Sunday, Adam Schefter reported that Caley would in fact interview with the Patriots for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.
As clearly evidenced by the interest that he has received in interviews, Caley has become a hot name in coaching. In 2022, NFL.com named him to their list of young coaching candidates under 45 to watch in upcoming years for head coaching vacancies.
Even if it is not in New England, Caley has a very real chance to earn an offensive coordinator gig this offseason.