McDaniels is zero for one as an NFL head coach, having managed only 11 victories in a 28-game tenure with the Denver Broncos in 2009 and 2010. He was unable to make things work with quarterback Jay Cutler, and he was fined $50,000 by the league for failing to immediately report a violation when a Broncos employee improperly videotaped part of a walk-through by the San Francisco 49ers in London a day before the two teams played there.
McDaniels will be very much in the spotlight in the coming weeks, as his name is linked to coaching vacancies. He has an interesting choice to make. For now, he’s not tipping his hand, speaking only about the Patriots’ preparations for Monday night’s game at Miami.
“I’m just interested in the Dolphins right now,” McDaniels said. “That’s where my focus is at and that’s where it’s going to stay.”
After a frenetic last few seconds of the first half, in which both teams turned it over and the Jazz failed to get off a shot before the buzzer, Belinelli hurled one up from a 3-point line at his own end of the court — about a 65-footer.
Jazz: Missed their first 10 shots but bounced back to lead 20-19 by the end of the opening period. … Former Hawks star Joe Johnson had four points in 16 minutes. The 36-year-old Johnson played for the Hawks from 2005-12, making the All-Star game in six of seven seasons. Utah is the third team he’s played for since being traded by Atlanta. … Rudy Gobert had 10 rebounds.
Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer picked up a technical with 3:55 left in the game with his team up by 21 points. After the Jazz made the free throw, Budenholzer yelled at official Courtney Kirkland, “The game’s not over.” … Eight players hit 3-pointers. … Ersan Ilyasova was held to five points but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.