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McDaniels remains employed in St. Louis


Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is out in St. Louis. Rams G.M. Billy Devaney is out. All of Spagnuolo’s assistants are also out except one: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels signed a multi-year contract before the 2011 season. Peter King noted on NBC SportsTalk the contract was structured that way in part to give the Rams flexibility if they made a head coaching change after the season.

King mentioned that it’s possible a defensive-minded head coach like Jeff Fisher could be hired with the option to keep McDaniels on staff. That would create more continuity for Sam Bradford. (Then again, perhaps Fisher and McDaniels aren’t a great match for one another.)

Rams fans probably aren’t fired up about this development, but it’s just good business. The team is simply exercising its contractual right.

Just because McDaniels is employed this Monday doesn’t mean he will be in a month.

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22 Responses to “McDaniels remains employed in St. Louis”
  1. KIR says: Jan 2, 2012 6:03 PM

    How long does this guy get to live off of his Patriot years?

  2. brenenostler says: Jan 2, 2012 6:10 PM

    He’s probably headed to KC anyway, either as HC or OC. He had success with Matt Cassel. Scott Pioli will want him on the staff.

  3. mizzouram says: Jan 2, 2012 6:11 PM

    Getting better at a bad offense makes more sense than trying a new one each year.

  4. cuda1234 says: Jan 2, 2012 6:14 PM

    The only question that matters, based on what I read here, is what McDaniels thinks of Tim Tebow – he drafted Tebow but refused to play him. Maybe he could trade Bradford and the #2 overall pick for Tebow. Right Tebomaniacs?

  5. oscojoe says: Jan 2, 2012 6:16 PM

    That bad offense won 3 Superbowls including the one that beat the Rams.

  6. lastl00 says: Jan 2, 2012 6:22 PM

    I am a Rams fan and I am actually happy about this development. Continuity is most important for Sam at this point, and a year of ota’s will help for sure.

  7. khuxford says: Jan 2, 2012 6:27 PM

    With Turner looking like he’s staying in SD and McDaniels not leaving St Louis, there go the rumored replacements for the officially not leaving Schotty. Gotta love the accuracy in reporting coming from NFL rumor-mongers…

  8. canjura says: Jan 2, 2012 6:34 PM

    As much as people want to bash McD, I’m actually hoping he stays on staff. Either that, or the Rams hire Gruden/Fisher as HC and then hire Norv Turner as O-Coordinator. Because obviously Norv isnt getting another HC’ing gig any time soon. I just want Bradford to have some damn stability, is that too much to ask for?!

  9. SmackSaw says: Jan 2, 2012 6:51 PM

    It would be just like the Lambs to make him head coach.

  10. xpensivewinos says: Jan 2, 2012 6:57 PM

    If he’s under contract with the Rams, they could essentially “trade” him to the Chiefs if KC really wants him. This way they can get something for him.

  11. steelerchicken says: Jan 2, 2012 7:01 PM

    How many coaches has Tom Brady made rich?

  12. pemory says: Jan 2, 2012 7:06 PM

    This guy was not, repeat not, the OC when NE won their 3 Super Bowls. Charlie Weiss was. McDaniels is the “genius” who decided to run 13 times and throw 65 passes against a Giants “D” that had an awesome pass rush. In essence, he cost NE a perfect season and yet he’s still employed in the league. Amazing how many lousy coaches keep their jobs in the league.

  13. rmc1995 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:13 PM

    McDaniels was a defensive coaching assistant when the Pats beat the Rams.

  14. ppdoc13 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:28 PM

    the perfect hire would be Billick. He would let McDaniels run the O. Get himself a good DC and do what he does best which is organize and motivate. This would give McDaniels to put the shine back on his star and step into the position when Billick is retired in 4 or 5 years.

  15. themackstrong says: Jan 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    Yeah I thought Weiss was the OC when Pats won all those rings. I’m not a Pats fan but McDaniel’s was there to watch Brady throw for 50 TD’s. Then he nearly sunk the Bronco’s by shipping out star WR, QB and RB and even great DC. Next he comes to a new team that has a ROY QB and give him David Carr syndrome.

  16. gmen1987 says: Jan 2, 2012 8:18 PM

    Coach McDumbass must have some compromising photos or information on someone in the Rams organization.

  17. jessethegreat says: Jan 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    The Rams are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Bradford will need some continuity if he is to develop, but there have to be better minds available than McDaniels. In all honesty, the Rams invested a lot in Bradford. They need to see what he thinks of McDaniels. If the QB isn’t on board, they need to get a different Offensive Coordinator. I bet the OC from his days at Oaklahoma is available.

  18. football2011 says: Jan 2, 2012 8:52 PM

    Two disasterous years in denver and then ran the worst offense in football.

    Why does this man still have a job?

  19. sdboltaction says: Jan 2, 2012 9:23 PM

    Bradford is going to get Alex Smith syndrome.

  20. gmen1987 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:01 AM

    I’m surprised that Coach McDumbass has this many fangirls.

  21. gmen1987 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:25 AM

    oscojoe says:
    Jan 2, 2012 6:16 PM
    That bad offense won 3 Superbowls including the one that beat the Rams.

    Never underestimate the “intelligence” of goobers.

  22. gpack22 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:02 PM

    Bradford should be HOPING he gets fired. All McD has done is ride Belichick/Brady’s coat tails, drop the Denver organization back a couple years and completely derail the progress the Ram’s had going in 2010. If the Ram’s top brass thinks that highly of the guy then maybe they deserve all the losing that they’ve been doing.

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