Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels is the best offensive coordinator in the NFL

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he worked hard at keeping Josh McDaniels in the fold because he thinks so highly of him.

Belichick said at the league meeting that after the Super Bowl, he made an effort to get McDaniels to stay, rather than leave to become head coach of the Colts, because Belichick considers McDaniels the best offensive coordinator in football.

Although there’s no firm agreement in place, there’s a good chance that the 41-year-old McDaniels will replace the 65-year-old Belichick whenever Belichick decides to retire. Both Belichick and Kraft think McDaniels will be in a good position to succeed.

Griffin is more than just an inspirational story, though even if that’s all he was that would be plenty. Yesterday was another chance to show his football skills to scouts, the same ones who initially weren’t going to invite him to the Scouting Combine before relenting.

But his tale of overcoming the birth defect that cost him his left hand when he was 4 years old wasn’t enough for some, and he admitted that not being invited to the Combine at first was difficult for him.

“I was disappointed I wasn’t invited at first, but it wasn’t just me; it was the entire nation,” Griffin said. “At first, I put out a tweet when I wasn’t invited and the entire nation got behind me. They weren’t happy about it, either. . . . I want to thank everybody who got behind me, and I’m still giving them thanks because the job is not done yet.”

The Browns are past the point of lying about what they intend to do with the first overall pick.

What they intend to do with the fourth one is enough to get coach Hue Jackson excited, as well.

Chubb would be among the possibilities if quarterbacks go with the first three picks, along with running back Saquon Barkley and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Browns roster is such that any of the three could make an immediate impact, but having a pair of pass-rushers is a tantalizing thought.

General Manager John Dorsey said there were some similarities between Chubb and Garrett, but important differences as well.la_kings_003