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Matt Patricia, Josh McDaniels deflect questions about head-coaching rumors

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New England assistants will be connected to several jobs

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Early Monday we learned that the New York Giants are asking for permission to interview New England Patriots coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels for their vacant head-coaching job.

The two are also the subject of rumors about other coaching openings, as well. In transcripts released by the New England public relations staff, both assistant coaches deflected questions about job opportunities.

“I mean I have no idea about any of that. None of that is even really applicable for me right now because I don't have any information on that. I'm in normal mode – came in and graded the Jets,” Patricia said. “[I'm] trying to take a good look at what we did on defense yesterday and try so see where things that were positive and things that we've got to get better on and working to make sure that we have a good, productive week this week and try to improve those things.”

McDaniels also claimed not to know about the rumors.

“I mean, that process – whatever it is – it will take place. I mean, I’m certainly not aware of anything at this point. I’ve just been focused on trying to grade our tape and work with our staff to try to get ourselves ready to have a productive week here with our guys and get ready to go,” McDaniels said. “All of that stuff, you know, usually takes care of itself. There’s a time and a place for all of that, and I’ve gone through it before, which is helpful in terms of being able to balance that and multitask it. But, my focus here when I come into this building will always be on what’s best for the Patriots and trying to do what I can to help us prepare to play our best game the next time we go out on the field.”

It is, of course, not known if or when either New England assistant might interview with the Giants.