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Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:20 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:24 pm
McDaniels could be headed home with Brady and Belichick. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Despite a miserable 2011 season as Rams offensive coordinator (St. Louis ranked 31st in yards per game and last in points per game), Josh McDaniels remains in pretty hot demand as a coach.

The former Broncos coach was actually the only Rams coach retained in a front-office purge, but St. Louis let it be known they'll release McDaniels from his contract. At this point he's a leading candidate for various openings in Kansas City, and now, he's set to interview with his old team, the Patriots.

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That last piece of news is courtesy of NFL Network's Albert Breer, who reports that the Pats have received permission to speak with McDaniels and will talk to him over the weekend about the offensive coordinator position vacated by Bill O'Brien's departure to Penn State.

McDaniels, of course, was O'Brien's predecessor, so there's a good chance that he'll ace the interview. Under McDaniels, the Pats offense was beyond prolific, scoring 589 points and ranking first in passing yards, total yards, points, touchdowns and net yards per attempt en route to a 16-0 regular season. (You may have heard of this team.)

Tom Curran of CSN New England noted that the "relationship [is] strong" between Bill Belichick and McDaniels, so it's unlikely that any burnt bridges would negate McDaniels desire to return.

Then there's this: wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, scheduled to be a free agent, already said he wants to go wherever McDaniels goes. Since he already knows McDaniels offense, it's likely he'd be a perfect fit in New England's offense (think a filthy rich man's Deion Branch?) as well, and combined with Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, could make the Pats offense absolutely deadly.

But McDaniels is also being courted by the Chiefs; if he's offered the head-coaching job in Kansas City, it might be too difficult for him to turn down in favor of returning to New England.

Given the choice between running the Chiefs offense and running the Patriots offense, however, it's hard to imagine him going anywhere other than New England.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:40 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels


That was exactly my thought!  You said it much better, though.  

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:24 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

Mangini cost the Pats draft picks and fines. AND  Peter King did a study that found that AFTER Belichick got caught "cheating" his win percentage is 20% HIGHER. His conclusion? BELICHICK WAS NEVER CHEATING!!!!!!!! 

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:18 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

What!?  Does anyone else think this is a joke?  Didn't McRat cost this team draft picks and several fines?  How could there not be any bad blood feelings?  

Does anyone think McDanniels might want to trade Brady for Tebow?

If the Pats bring this guy back they are foolish. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:50 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

Here's what a Belichick- McDaniels interview might sound like:

Belicheat: "Well, my son, how did you do with your assignments during the past 3 years?"

McDaniels: "Well, Dad, I went to Denver like you told me to and look what I did!  In less than two years I was able to rid the Broncos of Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, and Peyton Hillis.  Then - I used (here he starts laughing in obvious boastful pride) all the Broncos draft picks on players they didn't want or need.  My favorite wasted pick is Tim Tebow!"

Belicheat:  "Ah yes, grasshopper, you did the Broncos in!"

McDaniels:  "Oh, yeah, you don't have to worry about Denver being a contender anytime soon!!! But then, the St. Louis Rams called me, and I went there and took an up and coming offense with Sam Bradford and turned it into the worst in the NFL in just one season."

Belicheat:  "Yes, Joshie, I see you did your mission well, and destroyed the chances of not one but two teams for the foreseeable future.  Wish I could get you on the staffs of at least 20 other teams, but looks like the NFL is figuring you out.  Welcome home, son - I'll get you back on the illegal videotaping crews this week!"     
;     &nbs

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:47 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels


Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:24 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

It would be interesting to see what McDaniels could do with the Two Towers, Gronk and Hernandez. The offensive philosophy has changed a bit with the dual TE attack and I think McDaniels could do well back "home" in New England. I always said (as did BB) that McDaniels jumped ship a bit too early.....there are plenty of good coordinators in the NFL, but not many of them can make that transition from being specialists to dictator. That takes a special type of personality and I think age plays a factor.

He was like Doogie Houser to most of the players in Denver and that's not the way to get control of the team. The players at least need to know you can grow a beard within three months' time before they'll respect you.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:04 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

Well the Chiefs do have Orton as well...Orton and Lloyd for 2012 again? As long as he doesn't get GM powers McDaniels could be a good coach. He's probably gotten humbled now and is a little older. People forget BB pretty much failed his first stint, as have several other coaches.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:02 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

Brandon Lloyld is not a filthy rich man's Deion Branch, but rather a poor man's version of notable "foolish" wide receivers like Braylon Edwards, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss.  Brandon Lloyld cursed ever team that released or traded him.....but he doesn't own up to the fact that he was a crazy and lazy fool back then. If he wasn't so crazy and lazy in the past he would never got cut by the 49ers and Redskins who are always in dire need of anybody that catch the ball or thinks that he can catch the ball.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:37 am

Lloyd? Where would they play him?

Seeing they have the $6 million man (Ochostinko, not Steve Austin), will he see the field? Oh wait, 15 catches, 16 games, hmmmm... C'mon down, Josh, bring Lloyd with you...

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:33 am

Report: Pats set to interview Josh McDaniels

When some GM i dumb enough to hire him again, he will fail miserably. Again. Like all the Belicheck disciples, none will succeed without Billy B and #12. Except for maybe Crennel. I think he has hope. Weis, Mangini, McDouche, all suck.

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