Josh McDaniels will be staying with the Patriots. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels will be staying with the Patriots. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Josh McDaniels is staying in New England.

The Patriots offensive coordinator interviewed with the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers last weekend and every job has been filled besides the 49ers job.

On Sunday night, it was reported he was conflicted about taking the job, or staying in New England, but he won’t be taking the job after all.

“I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag (Marathe) and Brian (Hampton), the people that came from the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said on a conference call Monday. “They did a great job with their presentation. I was humbled to be included in that process. At this time it’s just best for my family and myself to remain in New England and focus on this year’s playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out.”

McDaniels previously was a head coach with the Broncos in 2009, but was fired after 12 games in the 2010 season. He was with the Patriots from 2001-08 (last three as offensive coordinator) before returning to the team in the same position in 2012.

Given head coaches don’t typically get three chances in the league, he needs to make sure the job he takes is the right one and given his situation in New England, he will likely always have his choice of where he wants to go. The 49ers could have been viewed negatively because it’s all the way across the country and the organization having three coaches in 24 months.

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Ryan Hannable

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Saturday’s win over the Texans and also to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Saturday’s win over the Texans and also to look ahead to Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Steelers. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

The Patriots beat the Texans 34-16 on Saturday night, but it wasn’t one of the better performances of the season. Brady threw two interceptions and had his lowest completion percentage ever in a playoff game at 47 percent. (He took responsibility for his first interception when he led Michael Floyd too far.)

“Yeah, I said after the game the overall execution just wasn’t as good as we would have liked,” Brady said. “There were a lot of good plays that were made and there were plenty of bad ones. It was just inconsistent by us. We’ll talk about that pretty much all week. We’ll try and play a lot better against Pittsburgh next week.”

The quarterback said he stayed up to watch all of the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night and knows it will be a tough game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

“Yeah, I did. I wanted to watch the end of it,” he said. “It was a good game. It was two  hard-nosed, tough football teams that battled all the way to the end. It was a good game. I think that is what you expect this coming week. I feel like we are a tough, hard-nosed football team. Certainly, we know the Steelers are. They have a lot of tough guys. They run the ball well. Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player. They have a lot of good skill players and they’ve always had a great defense. It’s going to be a tough game.”

On Saturday night, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went after Brady on Twitter. This didn’t seem to bother the quarterback.

“I don’t think I have ever been one to say anything negative about anybody,” he said. “That’s just not my personality. I love Earl. He is a helluva player. I wish him the best in his recovery.”

“We had a lot of battles with Ray on the field,” Brady added on Lewis. “I would love to make sure the officials are paying close attention because if we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important.”

Last week, Bleacher Report had an in-depth feature on the quarterback looking at what he does to play at the level he is at age 39. His diet was mentioned and Brady discussed that at length, saying he’s not a vegan.

“I am not 100 percent vegan,” Brady said. “I probably eat a lot of vegan meals, but if someone asked me if I am a vegan I would say no. I probably eat a lot of vegan meals.

“I don’t think I am 100 percent anything. I think there should be a little balance with what you do. If you want a cheeseburger, you should go out and eat a cheeseburger. It’s not that hard. I think once you get used to a certain way of living — like going to bed at a certain time. I don’t think it’s hard to go to bed at 9 o’clock. That’s just what you do. If you go to bed at 10:30, then it’s not that hard to go to bed at 10:30. It’s all learned behavior. After a while you learn what works and what doesn’t work and you just do more of it.”

In the NFC, the Packers will take on the Falcons in the NFC championship game and Brady has been very impressed with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing.

“He does things that no one in the league has ever done, or can do just because of his physical ability,” he said. “Some of the plays he makes are just phenomenal. I’ve seen a lot of them. Not just the throws, but the scrambles. He had one in the Giants game and some of the plays yesterday. It’s just his style of play. He’s been doing that for awhile, so I always love watching his tape, admiring what he can do because I can’t do many of those things. He’s just had an incredible season. He’s definitely on a roll so it’s going to be a hell of a game — Atlanta and Green Bay.”

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Ryan Hannable

With the postseason in full swing, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell typically attends one or two games per weekend.

On wild card weekend, Goodell went to Seattle for the Seahawks-Lions game. Then, this past weekend he was in Atlanta for the Falcons-Seahawks game on Saturday and Kansas City for the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night.

There's a chance Roger Goodell could be in Foxboro on Sunday for the AFC title game. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

There’s a chance Roger Goodell could be in Foxboro on Sunday for the AFC title game. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

With the postseason in full swing, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell typically attends one or two games per weekend.

On wild card weekend, Goodell went to Seattle for the Seahawks-Lions game. Then, this past weekend he was in Atlanta for the Falcons-Seahawks game on Saturday and Kansas City for the Steelers-Chiefs game Sunday night.

Now, that the conference championship games are set, Goodell could go back to Atlanta for a second straight weekend, or come to Gillette Stadium to see the Patriots take on the Steelers. Goodell hasn’t been to New England since the 2014 playoffs when Deflategate started.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Tom Brady was asked about Goodell potentially coming to Foxboro.

“He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do,” Brady said. “If he wants to come, that would be — yeah, he can come.”

He was then asked if he wants Goodell at the game?

“He can go wherever he wants to go,” Brady said. “Whoever is at the game is at the game.”

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Ryan Hannable

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the locker room.

Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the locker room.

In the video, coach Mike Tomlin is caught saying the Patriots had a headstart on the Patriots due to their Saturday game and called them a-holes.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady was asked about the video, which he did not see, but was told what Brown said.

“That’s against our team policy, so I don’t think that would go over well with our coach,” Brady said.

Added Brady: “Every coach has a different style. Our coach, he’s been in the league for 42 years and he’s pretty old school. He’s not into social media and I think he lets everyone know that. I think our team has a policy, we don’t show anything that should be private because he feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have. What’s done in the locker room should stay in the locker room.”

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Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reacted to Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. (Charles LeClaire.USA Today Sports)

Following the Steelers’ win over the Chiefs Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game, Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the locker room.

In the video, coach Mike Tomlin is caught saying the Patriots had a headstart on the Patriots due to their Saturday game and called them a-holes.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady was asked about the video, which he did not see, but was told what Brown said.

“That’s against our team policy, so I don’t think that would go over well with our coach,” Brady said.

Added Brady: “Every coach has a different style. Our coach, he’s been in the league for 42 years and he’s pretty old school. He’s not into social media and I think he lets everyone know that. I think our team has a policy, we don’t show anything that should be private because he feels when we are inside our stadium, inside the walls, there has to be a degree of privacy that we have. What’s done in the locker room should stay in the locker room.”

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Ryan Hannable

The week has started with a bang.

The week has started with a bang.

After Sunday’s win over the Chiefs in the AFC divisional playoffs Sunday night, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech was caught on Facebook Live by wide receiver Antonio Brown. In his address to the team — roughly two minutes in — Tomlin noted that the Patriots, who won Saturday afternoon, had a jumpstart on Pittsburgh when it came to preparation.

“We spotted these [expletives] a day-and-a-half,” Tomlin could be heard telling his team. “They played [Saturday]. … We’ll be ready for their [expletive].”

Shortly after that, someone else could be heard telling players to “be cool on social media. This is about us. Nobody else.”

Check out the video here.

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Christopher Price