Like Josh McDaniels before him, Bill Belichick might be looking to set up an ex-Patriots outpost with another NFL franchise.

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During a Tuesday appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger & Mazz” show, Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard reported Belichick hopes to bring a slew of past and current Patriots staffers with him to his new job. That includes offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who has a “low” chance of staying with New England, and Matt Patricia, who finished the 2023 season as defensive play-caller for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bedard also offered insight into the future of McDaniels, whom some reports tab as a candidate to become the Patriots’ next offensive coordinator.

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“The scuttlebutt among the league is that they think Bill’s going to get the band back together,” Bedard said. “With McDaniels, O’Brien, Joe Judge, Matt Patricia — all this stuff. … There’s a sense that McDaniels might be looking to take a step back a little bit, and he would be more like assistant head coach, personnel liaison — sort of like Matt Patricia and Joe Judge have done in recent years — that sort of thing for a year or two.

“I don’t know if that’s fact. That’s being talked about in league circles. They think Bill’s lining things up.”

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Of course, where Belichick lands his next head coaching job remains a mystery.

The Cowboys can be ruled out, as they plan to retain Mike McCarthy despite the franchise’s first-round playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Dallas previously was viewed as one of the top destinations for Belichick following his split with the Patriots.

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As of Thursday morning, the Atlanta Falcons were the only franchise that interviewed Belichick. They probably should be viewed as the favorites until further notice.

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