For the most part, as Josh McDaniels answered questions at Super Bowl LI media night, the New England Patriots offensive coordinator kept his poker face.
Whether it was a question about the Atlanta Falcons’ pass-rushers, the pressure of a title game or what it¡¯s like to work for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, McDaniels kept things low-key. And then came: ¡°How do you know when you¡¯re ready to be a head coach?”
With that, McDaniels quickly broke into what was easily his biggest smile Monday night, followed by the heartiest of laughs.
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Josh McDaniels’ experience coaching in championship games — he’s attempting to win his fifth Super Bowl as a Patriots assistant — could help the 40-year-old again land a job as an NFL head coach.
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While the Raiders were partners with Adelson early in the process of getting a stadium in Las Vegas that would be shared with UNLV, there was a growing feeling that NFL owners were not entirely comfortable with Adelson’s involvement. Especially with reports that Adelson wanted a piece of the Raiders as an owner — Raiders owner Mark Davis has said the team is not for sale — or a path to ownership.
“We’ve always said we were going to maintain the integrity of the game by making sure there was a separation between sports gambling and the NFL,” Goodell said. “That is something that we think is imperative for us. We want our fans to know that the game they are seeing unfold on the field does not have any undue influence. We recognize gambling occurs out of the market place.
“But this is something, from our standpoint, we have rules that are in place. The Raiders have not asked us to compromise those rules as it relates to our policies. We will continue to have that separation going forward.”