After a week spent preparing for an unknown playoff opponent, the Patriots now know they’ll play the Los Angeles Chargers in next weekend’s divisional round.
However, preparing in the face of uncertainty still continues in Foxborough. According to NBC Sports insider Mike Florio, New England is readying for the potential departure of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Said Florio: "This year, I’m told, the Patriots are preparing for McDaniels to leave, with the Packers and the Browns being the two most viable opportunities for McDaniels this time around. So if he goes, who takes over for McDaniels?
“Keep an eye on USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. He’s only been there a month, and he’s been blocked from interviewing from head-coaching jobs. I’m told he may quit, pay a very low buyout and go back and pursue NFL opportunities.”
The Patriots drafted Kingsbury in the sixth round of the 2003 draft out of Texas Tech. He never took a snap in New England and suited up for the Saints and Jets over the following two seasons, before a short stint in the CFL. Kingsbury then went into coaching and quickly took over at his alma mater.