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Tag:Josh McDaniels
Posted on: January 22, 2011 5:47 pm

Hot Routes 1.22.11: Chargers fans worried?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Could we ever see the NFL in Toronto? I vote yes – Toronto is a fabulous town. You know who else votes yes? Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 6:42 pm

Josh McDaniels joins the Rams

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. McDaniels (US Presswire)
The St. Louis Rams have announced that Josh McDaniels is their new offensive coordinator. He replaced Pat Shurmur, who took the head coaching job in Cleveland.

It was believed that talks were breaking down between McDaniels and the Rams. However, all that likely meant was the former Broncos head coach, who started flirting with the Seattle Seahawks after they fired Jeremy Bates, was posturing for more money.

It will be money well spent if McDaniels does for Sam Bradford what he did for Matt Cassel. (And before Cassel, to a certain extent, Tom Brady.) But just because McDaniels is considered one of the best young offensive coaches in the game doesn’t mean this move is without risk for St. Louis.

Bradford spent his entire rookie season learning the West Coast offense. That will now be scrapped for McDaniels’ shotgun, spread-based scheme. It’s not an easy system to learn (neither was the West Coast, by the way). The Rams would not essentially nullify their franchise signalcaller's year’s worth of work for in the more common West Coast system if they didn’t believe they could build a long-term foundation with McDaniels’ scheme.

Just like in New England, McDaniels will have an opportunity to make his mark as a nearly-autonomous leader of the offense. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo devotes most of his energy to the defense.

McDaniels’ decision to go to St. Louis should trigger the final offensive coordinator hirings around the NFL, as the top prospect is off the market. The biggest name out there is now Brad Childress. As we wrote yesterday, McDaniels to St. Louis could have a considerable impact on the former Vikings head coach.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:18 am

Josh McDaniels could now be on St. Louis' radar

Posted by Andy Benoit

With every head coaching vacancy filled sans the Raiders’ (of course), the most interesting coaching move question now becomes, Where will Josh McDaniels go? It has long been assumed that the fJ. McDaniels (US Presswire)ormer Broncos head coach would wind up as the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. (Darrell Bevell is technically still on the payroll, though he has been told to look for work elsewhere in 2011.)

McDaniels interviewed with Leslie Frazier & Co. at Winter Park last week. But Frazier’s hiring process has been somewhat diligent (euphemism for slow). As Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune points out, the Browns’ hiring of Pat Shurmur as head coach on Thursday has now opened up St. Louis as another potential landing spot for McDaniels.

Hiring McDaniels would mean forcing young franchise quarterback to learn a new system (the Rams ran a West Coast offense under Shurmur; McDaniels operates what could best be described as a shotgun spread passing game). If the Rams wanted to keep Bradford in the West Coast, they could give former Vikings head coach Brad Childress a look. Childress and Steve Spagnuolo are good friends. 

It's worth noting that Childress recently interviewed for the vacant Dolphins offensive coordinator job. The other offensive coordinator job that is open is in Kansas City, though it’s doubtful that any aspiring head coach (McDaniels especially) will want to go work for Todd Haley.

Of the available offensive coordinator jobs, St. Louis is now the most attractive. The Rams are led by a defensive coach, so whoever oversees the offense would have near autonomy. The only other job with that particular appeal is Minnesota, which doesn't come with a blossoming franchise quarterback.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Vikings don't retain Bevell, Murphy

D. Bevell (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Vikings new head coach Leslie Frazier has, as expected, told offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coach Brian Murphy that they will not be back with the club in 2011. Frazier publicly confirmed this news on Minnesota radio station ESPN 1500.

Frazier gave some empty coach-speak in relaying the news. "One of the things I'm trying to do with all of our coaches, whether you're on the offensive side, defensive side or special teams is just look at everything with an eye towards winning a championship in Minnesota," he said.

Bevell’s value in Minnesota diminished with the closing of the Brett Favre era (the two had a good relationship; Bevell was often Favre’s go-to guy on staff during the Brad Childress drama). Most of the offensive coaching staff is being turned over. After being named head coach, Frazier almost immediately let go of quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, offensive line coach Pat Morris and assistant offensive line coach Jim Hueber.

Frazier is a defensive coach, so whoever he brings in as offensive coordinator will have considerable power. A name that has been floating around is former Broncos head coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Frazier interviewed McDaniels late last week but declined to discuss it.

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Posted on: January 8, 2011 10:13 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 10:14 pm

Elway says Tebow's not getting traded

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, Peter King made quite a stir when he reported during Football Night in America that Tim Tebow could potentially be on the trading block because a) Josh McDaniels would want his quarterback were the ex-Broncos coach to become employed again and b) John Elway told King he doesn't think Tebow is a "good quarterback."

Elway took to Twitter to make sure that everyone knew he wasn't lobbing Tebow out on the trading block just quite yet.

"To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow ... I think he's a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can," Elway tweeted. "Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him. We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco.

"Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false."

Depending on who the Broncos hire as head coach, Tebow would work just fine (um, John Fox much?). Although there's a definitely a chance that the Broncos would move Tebow given the right price, Mike Klis of The Denver Post said it best -- "Tebow is a money-printing machine."

And if the Broncos can turn him into a good quarterback who happens to crank out merchandise and ticket sales, there's zero chance he'll ever leave Denver.

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Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 6:09 pm

Could Tebow wind up on the trade block?

Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Tebow (US Presswire)
Could Tim Tebow be on the move? NBC’s Peter King believes that if Josh McDaniels gets the offensive coordinator job in Minnesota, he could urge the Vikings to trade for the quarterback whom McDaniels seemingly was attaching his legacy to in Denver. (Same concept applies if McDaniels gets a coordinator job with any other team that needs a quarterback.)

It’s worth noting that King and McDaniels have a very close working relationship.

King also recently spoke with Broncos new football czar John Elway. The legendary quarterback said that in his opinion, right now, Tebow is not a good NFL quarterback. (Elway said in his introductory press conference that Tebow is a good football player whom the Broncos need to turn into a good quarterback.)

A Tebow trade could not happen until the NFL gets the CBA figured out.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m. ET: In response to King's report, Elway published this tweet: “To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow,” Elway said.  “I think he’s a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can.  Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him.  We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco.  Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false.”

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:49 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 7:57 pm

Report: McDaniels, Singletary to interview in MIN

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels will meet with Vikings officials Friday for a potential opening on Leslie Frazier’s staff.

One potential opening could be for the Minnesota offensive coordinator spot (and really, it seems rather unlikely McDaniels would take a job below the coordinator level, anyway).

For now, Darrell Bevell – the Vikings offensive coordinator since Brad Childress was hired as coach in 2006 – is still employed in Minnesota.

But already, Frazier has fired three offensive coaches, so it’s doubtful that Bevell can feel completely safe about his job. Especially if McDaniels – who’s already proven himself an impressive offensive mind – is coming to town.

And a little more food for thought: besides McDaniels, you know who else might like a new job? Denver's Kyle Orton. You know which other team might need a quarterback? The Vikings.

UPDATED (7:55 p.m.): Also, ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that former 49ers coach Mike Singletary also might interview with the Vikings for the vacant linebackers coach spot.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:37 am

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers had grand plans for this offseason. Oh, they were grand indeed -- like something out of Steely Dan's "Reeling in the Years," we were all informed that the genius would return. 

Then a weekend out at college happened, and now it looks like the Niners might end up with a combo of Trent Baalke and Josh McDaniels. 

No, seriously -- Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reports that McDaniels could be the backup plan when if Miami swoops in and steals Jim Harbaugh, which appears more and more likely because of Stephen Ross' willingness to sling sufficient cheddar to get the Stanford coach to Florida.

McDaniels isn't a bad coach, despite his record, and there's actually a decent chance he could succeed if he had the proper structure around him and a good defensive coordinator. (In fact, if anyone could get a lot out of guys like Alex Smith and Josh Morgan and really turn Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis into stars, it's McDaniels and his offense.)

So the whole "look what they ended up with" thing isn't about dogging his offensive acumen -- it's about the Niners and their inability to maintain a consistent focus on their direction moving forward.

Things may pan out differently in terms of who they hire, but it's pretty clear that right now all the chatter about "doing things the right way" was more of a façade than anything else.

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