Josh McDaniels has been anointed. It is not quite the River Jordan, but the media has dunked Josh into the Charles River to indicate that a greater one will follow Bill Belichick.
Yes, the aimless speculation has been spurred by one particularly brain dead sports personality in Boston whose airtime is suited to an airhead.
In recent days one radio/TV simulcast show has taken the idea that the Patriots have a vice president that is waiting for President Belichick to kick the bucket.
McDaniels, now back for a second turn as offensive coordinator, has turned down head coaching jobs in a week when a dozen bad positions have opened up. As a result of Black Monday headrolling, Josh was expected to run out the door to become king of his own realm.
Instead, McDaniels told the media that he would rather be a rightful coordinator than a wrongful head coach.
No one seemed to have any evidence that Mr. Belichick was about to abdicate the throne like some lovelorn British royal.
Nevertheless, boyish Arthurian Josh McDaniels has been dubbed as the one to pull the sword from the stone and take Belichick's job. It is akin to Lancelot trying to steal the queen's affection while the king slept.
Crown prince of the Patriots is not an easy role to hold when the King has sent more princes packing over his 13-year tenure than Richard III.
No one knows (except Belichick) if the sitting king is even remotely considering an abdication.
Previous speculation has centered on Bill staying the course until his favorite consort, Tom Brady, hangs up the spikes.
What no one seems to be realizing is that when Brady retires as quarterback of the Patriots, it is he who will become its next head coach.