The Patriots’ players will be off this weekend with a bye in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. But the assistant coaches will be plenty busy.
After passing on head coaching interviews last January, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has officially scheduled interviews Saturday in Foxborough with the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers for their head coaching vacancies, a league source confirmed to the Globe.
The interviews will be conducted at a hotel near Gillette Stadium, with each team setting up shop in their own suite. Saturday is the only day that worked for McDaniels, as Patriots coaches are due back in the offices on Sunday to prepare for their divisional round game Jan. 14. League rules require teams to interview coaches at times and locations that are convenient to their current teams.
Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will presumably be on a similar schedule Saturday, as he is set to interview with the Chargers and Rams for their head coaching vacancies, according to NFL Network. The 49ers also requested an interview with Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their general manager job.
McDaniels, Patricia and Caserio have until Sunday to interview for any jobs, and cannot be hired until the Patriots’ season is complete. If the Patriots reach the Super Bowl, they can interview again during the bye week following the conference championship games.