According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Patriots are coming the realization that OC Josh McDaniels could leave if he gets a Head Coaching offer for another team.
McDaniels is a candidate for a few teams and he is also scheduled to interview with a few teams. The Browns, Giants, and Panthers, and now the Cowboys, they just released Jason Garrett.
McDaniels is available to interview with whatever team requests him and now with the Patriots getting kicked out of the playoffs, McDaniels can sign with any team he would like.
If I were the team, I would have McDaniels sign the same day he gives me a verbal agreement. He could back out like what he did to the Colts a few season back.