Package deal out of New England?

Ponder this possibility, as many struggling teams will this off-season.

Any team that is in need of a new head coach and quarterback – and quite often the two go together – could pull off the double dip of the off-season and hire Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who then could go and recruit and his former quarterback Matt Cassel.

The 32-year-old McDaniels has enabled New England’s offense to survive the loss of its franchise quarterback, Tom Brady, and has been schooled in the Patriots way since 2001. Almost any team that could be in the market for a head coach – San Francisco, St. Louis, Minnesota, to name a few – also could be in the market for a quarterback.

Any team that hires McDaniels, already considered one of the top coaching prospects in the league, might have the inside track on Cassel.

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