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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: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:06 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

kstaley,  Nail / Head  you hit it.....

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:44 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

good analogy kstaley

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:43 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

sometimes it is best to go back to when times were good. to when you did a good job. to when they appreciated you.

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:40 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

Just like a kid who moves out of his parents' home and is a total failure and has to move home again and live in their basement while he rebuilds his sorry career. Destroys the Broncos in under two years, then is a complete failure in St Louis with a promising young QB and a stud RB and he manages to put that team in reverse as well. We, I guess at least Papa Belichick loves McDaniels unconditionally and he will always be able to come home again and live in the Pat's basement no matter how many times he fails.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

Best news all week.  Tom Brady will flourish under McDaniels, as if he really needs an OC, calling most of the plays himself.  He is a great fit joining the Pats and maybe the time away and a little maturity will give him the backbone to challenge Belichick, like Charley Weiss and Romeo Crennel did.  My question is how do McDaniels work with O'Brien, because now we have 2 OC's for the playoffs. I was hoping Crennel did not get the position of Head Coach with the Chiefs.  Then we could have brought him back, as well.  It is obvious Crennel was going to get the Chief's HC job, and that is why they jumped on McDaniels, so Crennel wouldn't.  We need someone to take over some of the drafting, BB has graded poorly in that area, as reflected in our defense.  I knows he likes their attitude and hustle, but there isn't much talent there.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:23 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

I thought after the initial round of firings in St. Louis McDaniels was the only coach retained by the Rams?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:14 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

To clarify he will be on the staff today but not the OC until next year

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:11 pm

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

The entire Rams coaching staff was let he's "free".

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:59 am
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Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:56 am

Report: McDaniels to Pats, starts immediately

Good move by the Pats. Some guys are only good at being coordinators and that's it. There is no shame in that. Tom Moore was Payton Manning OC all those years and he is now a legendary figure in football and he did while never being a head coach. But he moved over to the Jets this year to coach Sanchez and Sanchez was a marked dissapointment to say the least. I think the bottom line in being a coordinator is that if you don't have the talent at QB, it doesn't matter how good of a coordinator you are.

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