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Patriots coaching staff update: Brian Flores likely not going to Arizona, Josh McDaniels reportedly has 2nd meeting with Indy

Ryan Hannable
January 22, 2018 - 11:53 am

With the Patriots winning the AFC championship game and advancing to Super Bowl LII, it means their assistant coaches can still officially not be named head coaches for other teams, but they are permitted to have second interviews prior to next Sunday.

It appears the Colts will be taking advantage of this.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Colts have put in a request to interview Josh McDaniels a second time. Since the hire cannot become official until after the Patriots' season, this is viewed as a planning meeting, as all indications are McDaniels will be the Colts' next head coach.

While McDaniels and Matt Patricia (Lions) seem all but gone, linebackers coach Brian Flores is likely staying.

According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is emerging as the clear favorite to be the next coach of the Cardinals. Flores was reportedly a finalist, but it doesn't appear he will be getting a second interview.

In all likelihood this means Flores will replace Patricia as the Patriots' defensive coordinator.

Additionally, on Sunday ESPN's Adam Schefter said Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge is likely to move on after the season with his contract expiring. He would seem like a candidate to join McDaniels or Patricia's respective staffs.

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