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Josh McDaniels to Patriots, starts immediately

Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:37 am
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:18 pm
Josh McDaniels will join New England immediately (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

With the news that Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien has taken the Penn State head coaching job, we told you Josh McDaniels was scheduled to interview for his old job in New England. The Associated Press has confirmed that not only will McDaniels get that job, beginning in 2012, but he’ll join the team immediately in time for this year’s playoffs.

The story was originally reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

McDaniels had a terrible year in his only season as the Rams offensive coordinator -- St. Louis ranked 31st in yards gained and dead last in points scored -- but he had so much success previously in New England that the move makes perfect sense from  a Patriots perspective. O'Brien, meanwhile, will return to New England until the season is finished.

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Ever since leaving New England, though, McDaniels hasn't had a real good run of success. When he took over the Broncos head coaching job, the team started the year 6-0, but during the rest of the 2009 season and into 2010, Denver lost 17 of 22 games. He was fired 13 games into last season. Then, he took the Rams offensive coordinator job under head coach Steve Spagnuolo, but that offense, through injuries and a unit that had a tough time adjusting to the new scheme, was a disaster.

Now, McDaniels returns to the position he held from 2006-08, when the Patriots never finished lower than 11th in total offense and were the top NFL offense in 2007.

The Patriots are the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and they won't have to play until next Saturday in Foxboro, so McDaniels would have at least a week to reingratiate himself to the team. As CSNNE's Tom E. Curran retweets, McDaniels' offense already has faced the Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Packers and Saints this year, and that would help New England's prep if it has to face those squads in the postseason (out of those teams, the Patriots have played only Pittsburgh this year).

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:11 pm

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Goodbye Ocho... hello Brandon?

Brandon Lloyd has experienced only two victories in 10 games with the Rams. And after leading the NFL in reception yards (1,448) in 2010 as a Denver Bronco, he might not reach 1,000 this season.
Nonetheless, Lloyd has been happy as a Ram and says he wants to return to St. Louis next season and beyond.
"I would like to stay here," he told the Post-Dispatch. "I've been well-received by the players, by the coaches, by the community. It's been overwhelming; an overwhelmingly warm reception. Coming back to Missouri and St. Louis. I would love to grow with Sam Bradford; that would be awesome. I've never had a true elite-level quarterback in my career."
But there's a catch for Lloyd, the Kansas City area native who's scheduled for unrestricted free agency after this season. If offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels leaves St. Louis, Lloyd would attempt to follow.
"I can't even lie about that," Lloyd said. "I'm tied to McDaniels. He uses me differently than other offensive coordinators used me in my entire career.

Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:08 pm

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As much as I dont like this guy and agree with the "not ready for Head Coach".....Watch out for an even more explosive Patriot offense next year. The can get rid of Ocho and grab a guy to help that running game, then Brady just might break Brees record in the very next year.  Scary for the rest of the teams.....but we can only wait and see!

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:57 pm

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While I'm not happy with the job he did here in Denver, I also don't think it was 100% his fault.  The rationale for getting rid of Shanahan was that we didn't want a one-man show in charge of the team... but then we turned around and put all the decision-making power and responsibility on a young'un who wasn't ready for it.  McDaniels wasn't ready for a head coaching position, but he would have done a whole lot better here had he had the proper personnel support.  My hope is that he spends some more time growing up in NE and then moves on to a proerly-run organization when he's ready to do it right as a coach.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:45 pm

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Just proves some people are born to be sidekicks and never the main man! He's the football's version of Sideshow Bob.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:42 pm

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McDaniels is back where he belongs. He never should have left New England, he wasn't ready to be a head coach. Belicheck has always thought of him as an understudy, and now he comes back to finish being tutored. Brady has said that he never felt more prepared for a game when teamed with McDaniels.

If your Hall of Fame head coach and Hall of Fame quarterback love this, who can argue with it?  

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:36 pm

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Good you can have him, all i know is when he traded up to pick tebow i almost puked. MCDISASTER! Good luck? , naaaa screw you.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:34 pm

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McDaniels and Brady evidently get along well. McDaniels was OC when Brady burned up the league in 2007, and Tom gave him a lot of credit for the offense's success.   

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:30 pm

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sometimes it is best to go back to when times were good. to when you did a good job. to when they appreciated you.
It's going to interesting if he get his old Job back

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:21 pm

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Mayo, Gronk, Hernandez, Chung, McCourty, Gustowski, Vollmer, Spikes.  One D Rookie of the year and Pro-Bowler, All-Pro Tight End, Pro-Bowl Kicker and solid players in Chung, Vollmer and Spikes.  McCourty had an off year but will rebound to Pro-Bowl form with the move to safety.  Merriweather was a two time Pro-Bowler before his head hunitng and freelancing caught up with him.  For that groupr of picks that's a pretty successful group.   

Everyone bitches about the busts but EVERY team has them, especially when you're drafting at the end of rounds.  Bill Piolian was regarded as perhaps the best GM ever and he was just canned. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:09 pm

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Teams shouldn't allow thier coaches to interview for other jobs when the season is still being played. It seems like an unnecessary distraction and not an immediate necessity. As far as the Patriots coaching staff is concerned, the O'Brien hiring at Penn St. is another example of the false belief that anyone who has worked under Belichick can come into any program and magically start weaving s*** into gold. Weis, Crennel, Mangini, Pioli, McDaniels, etc. I'm not really even sure what to think of McDaniels coming back. In Denver, he came off as an arrogant d0uchebag who was in over his head and failed to earn the respect of his players. He had success in NE but then again, so has every other assistant coach. The more the merrier, I guess.

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