From Eye on Football staff report
INDIANAPOLIS – When Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was looking to replace departed offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur – who, as you know, landed the head coaching job in Cleveland – he wanted to find a replacement who he would hate to face off against on the opposite sideline.
That’s why, he told reporters during his NFL combine news conference today, he went after recently-fired Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.
“In the Rolodex in my head, I tried to think of the guys who were toughest to defend, guys I’ve gone against,” Spagnuolo said. “Josh jumped right out there.”
Spagnuolo respected the work done by McDaniels in regard to Patriots QB Tom Brady and Chiefs QB Matt Cassel – McDaniels worked with both as the offensive coordinator in New England – and Spagnuolo admitted McDaniels’ success with that duo is a major reason he wanted to hire him.
The fact McDaniels was unimpressive as a head coach obviously didn’t sway Spagnuolo’s mind. And why should it? McDaniels, thus far in his career, is a much better coordinator than a head coach.
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