According to sources, Schwartz said Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks did not make the cut after the first round of interviews, while Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and former Denver Broncos assistant head coach Eric Studesville were not even considered for the job.
However, critics of McDaniels will point out that his success could simply be a byproduct of the legendary combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, whose success continues to transcend the sport of professional football.
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The hope would be that McDaniels, as someone who clearly understands offense and the quarterback position, could help the Colts best player, Andrew Luck (assuming he's healthy), reach his maximum talent and potential.
Eberflus has nine years of experience in the National Football League, with the last seven being the Cowboys linebackers coach.
Vrabel, a former Patriots linebacker who is now the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, is also highly respected. If they are interested in McDaniels, the Colts will have to wait until the Patriots' season ends before they can sign him to a deal.