1. Josh McDaniels
Josh McDaniels has served as the Patriots offensive coordinator for 14 seasons across two separate stints (2006-2008 and 2012-2019). In total, he has spent 18 years in Foxborough as one of the few who have been in New England for each of the team's six Super Bowl titles.
With McDaniels as the team's play caller, the Patriots ranked in the top ten in the league in points in 12 of those 14 seasons, including five years as the league's highest scoring offense.
McDaniels also served as New England's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2021, Mac Jones' rookie season. Jones' 2021 campaign was by far his best in his NFL career, as he finished eighth in the league in completion percentage and second in the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year voting.
Given his significant struggles over the last two seasons, it is easy to forget how promising Jones looked in his rookie season as the Patriots went 10-7 and earned a playoff berth. If New England does opt to keep Jones on the roster, there is no better candidate to try to resurrect his career.
Regardless of Jones' future, McDaniels' success with a rookie quarterback could be enticing for Mayo.
Prior to the departure of Bill Belichick, McDaniels had already been rumored to potentially return to the Patriots. The long-time assistant was also in attendance for Belichick's farewell press conference.
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