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Josh McDaniels may watch a tug of war between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports also reported Monday sources say McDaniels is a "virtual lock" to succeed the fired Chuck Pagano as Colts coach.

McDaniels and Colts general manager Chris Ballard share the same agent and are said to have a good relationship.

As McDaniels is expected to be hired as the new head coach, the expectation is that Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus will be brought along as defensive coordinator, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 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.

Hours after reports suggested that the Titans and coach Mike Mularkey were working toward a contract extension, the team announced Monday that Mularkey has been fired.

ESPN's Adam Schefter already called McDaniels a "favorite" in Tennessee.

Over the weekend, the feeling around the National Football League was the Colts were the likely landing spot for McDaniels, with Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel also a finalist. He spent a season as the Rams offensive coordinator and then rejoined the Patriots in 2012.

As he waited for the right opportunity, McDaniels has been in charge of the Patriots' offense, which isn't a bad way to spend his time.

Along with Eberflus, special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia bolted to Oakland to rejoin Jon Gruden; Derek Dooley accepted an offer to become Missouri's offensive coordinator; tight ends coach Steve Loney retired; offensive line coach Frank Pollack was sacked and then hired by the Cincinnati Bengals; secondary coach Joe Baker and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson were told their contracts would not be renewed.


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