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Patriots and Chiefs seek to speak to McDaniels

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The Rams still have Josh McDaniels under contract. They want him available should the team’s next head coach want to keep McDaniels on as offensive coordinator.

If Jeff Fisher was hired, it’s hard to imagine McDaniels sticking around. And he’s already received interest from a few of his previous bosses.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Chiefs and Patriots have reached out to the Rams to seek permission to speak with McDaniels. It’s not known whether the Rams responded yet.

In the case of the Chiefs, the Rams wouldn’t really have a choice if Kansas City wanted to talk to McDaniels as a head coaching candidate. The Rams could prevent a lateral move to either place. The Patriots would presumably bring McDaniels back to be the team’s offensive coordinator with Bill O’Brien heading to Penn State.

McDaniels would have an interesting choice if he’s wanted in Kansas City and New England for coordinator jobs. Success would be easier to attain with the Patriots, but he may see a clearer path back to being a head coach in Kansas City.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 6, 2012 10:27 AM

    Hmmmm…..do I go to to the beautiful city of Boston, on the coast, or do I go to Kansas friggin City, in the middle of nowhere?

    That’s a tough one.

  2. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:29 AM

    I think the Broncos gave up in him too early. All that man needed was a good GM and D Coordinator.

  3. herokravon says: Jan 6, 2012 10:30 AM

    Failed in Denver. St Louis had worst offense in league.

    Some things you just cant explain.

    Its like Mangini all over again.

  4. test2402 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:30 AM

    Can someone please speak to Tim Tebow?

  5. ampats says: Jan 6, 2012 10:31 AM

    The only way McD would have an interest in KC is if Romeo stays.

    It would be great to have him back but either way the Pats will be fine.After getting the OC title this season, O’Brien is not a great loss, good coach but we still have TB under center. Anyway, BB has always had input in all phases of all game plans.

    Good luck, Bill O’Brien !

  6. mlenenski says: Jan 6, 2012 10:31 AM

    Is it Kyle Orton that’s lobbying for McDaniels to KC?

  7. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 6, 2012 10:31 AM

    Sounds good. I would like McDaniels back.

  8. riverhorsey says: Jan 6, 2012 10:32 AM

    Head coach after his disaster in Denver is reaching big time. The guy had the worst offense in the league last year.

  9. jessethegreat says: Jan 6, 2012 10:33 AM

    Go back to the Pats if they will have you Josh. A few more years riding Brady’s coat tails will make people soon forget about that whole Denver disaster thing.

    Brady’s helped a lot of people get undeserving contracts with big raises (charlie, Branch, McD, O’Brien,) … I doubt it will stop soon. Go rebuild some value and perhaps you will fool another team into believing you had a hand in the Pats offensive success you and wasn’t all Brady.

  10. fumblenuts says: Jan 6, 2012 10:34 AM

    Let the Pats have him back.

    Adios!!

  11. robmac33 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:34 AM

    My guess is the Pats would bring him back with an “assistant head coach” title to get around the lateral movement restriction.

  12. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 6, 2012 10:35 AM

    It doesnt take a genius to tell Brady to contine to throw short crossing routes and screens and watch guys like Gronk and Welker rack up the YACs…

  13. infectorman says: Jan 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    Could the Hooded Dark Lord be feeling great disturbances in the force out in ole St Louis, and be bringing in the young Jedi Josh to groom him as the next HC of the Pats?
    ( insert Ominous music: HERE —-> )

    NNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  14. all4patriots says: Jan 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    Come back to help Brady and Belichick get 2-3 more rings, Josh, and then in about 5 years maybe you can get fitted with your own hoodie after BB retires to coach high school Lacrosse and Brady retires to bang his hot wife!

  15. tripnasty says: Jan 6, 2012 10:38 AM

    I have a hard time seeing him returning to the Pats. It’s essentially admitting defeat as an independent coach outside of BB’s shadow.

  16. jbaxt says: Jan 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    I didn’t know the Chiefs were looking for a Scouts.

    Loser in Denver, failure in St. Louis. As a business owner I look for employees who show some level of progression. I didn’t know sucking gets you promoted?

    Find another tree Pioli, you’re already 0-2 with the Haley hire and the $63 million Cassel trade.

  17. polegojim says: Jan 6, 2012 10:44 AM

    Which OC HASN’T looked good coaching Tom Brady? …even when they didn’t deserve the credit…

    Check it – very little difference if you look at pre-during-post Josh M OC. Translation?

    The Pats want a guy they know simply won’t screw things up. 1) Just let Tom play and stay out of the way; 2) Listen to Bill; 3) When in doubt…see #1 and #2

    Yep, that’s Josh’s strength.

  18. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:45 AM

    Yeah, Boston is so “beautiful” that they are outlawing knives, spending tax dollars on sex-change operations and fake breasts for inmates, and it is one of the most racist cities in the U.S. They also love them some drinking U.S. Senators that drive drunk and kill young women.

  19. polegojim says: Jan 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    @tripnasty…. well, the truth can hurt sometimes, but it’s…. THE TRUTH.

    Sometimes modesty is the greatest form of wisdom.

    Better to look good on the Pats sideline, than what happened in Denver… and St.L.

  20. rc33 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:48 AM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 6, 2012 10:35 AM

    It doesnt take a genius to tell Brady to contine to throw short crossing routes and screens and watch guys like Gronk and Welker rack up the YACs…

    ———————————————-

    Yeah, this is it. McDaniels sucks. Brady sucks.
    System QB and Spygate*
    Everybody sucks….’cept the Colts.

  21. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 6, 2012 10:48 AM

    Sometimes you gotta take a step back in your career, gain wisdom and then take another shot at a position with greater responsibility. If he goes back to NE it would make sense for the long term. He’s young!

  22. waxthat says: Jan 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    @joetoronto

    I’m assuming I’ll be censored for this but why do you make these asinine comments when you live in Canada. I don’t care how beautiful Toronto is. Giving your opinion on football in the U.S. is fine, but these other garbage comments are tiresome.

  23. thechosenone6 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:51 AM

    Can the Jags hire a coach already so the Jets can fire BS and get into the mix with McDaniels please?

    Sanchez gets one final shot to correct himself and if not, you can start fresh next year.
    (Minor chance of head coach promotion if they do not make the playoffs again)

    You’d already have a better than average defense (although overrated) a few offensive pieces plus the draft, all the Jets need is an effective offensive scheme which he might be able to create!!

  24. tudefit says: Jan 6, 2012 10:52 AM

    He should go to New England so he can keep an eye on what Belichek is wearing so he can be certain he is dressing like him. Just in case BB changes from his hoodie.

  25. leftcoastnative says: Jan 6, 2012 10:55 AM

    Unless McDaniels has “offensive coordinator” duties listed as his exclusive position in his Rams contract, the organization actually could reassign him to “other duties,” including off-field assignments, that would lock him into serving out the terms of his Rams contract thus keeping him from being an assistant elsewhere in the league.

    Actually, not a bad idea to keep him from going back to the Patriots or working for the Chiefs if Romeo gets the head job.

    Really, the only way out for him from under his Rams contract is to get a head job, and I don’t think that is going to happen.

    Rams could “ice” him under the terms of their deal, and it would be in their favor to do so.

  26. trollhammer20 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:57 AM

    Can’t we just keep McDaniels in the NFC West? He’s clearly yet another New England coach with talent that declines dramatically once he’s outside the range of Belichick’s Professor-X-like mental powers.

  27. brutus9448 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:59 AM

    Dear pats,
    Please hire mcdaniels.
    thank you

    AFC East

  28. hendawg21 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:01 AM

    Heck i’m still trying to figure out the want/need for him every place he’s gone they’ve stunk…so was it really him/his offensive genius at work in NE? Seems not to be the offense hasn’t missed a beat since he left…see just like QB’s when things go well you get all the credit when they go bad you get all the blame but in McD’s case other than NE all the bad is on him…see a good coordinator/coach can take what he has and make it better i..e. the Texans D stunk before Wade Phillips got there and true to his rep he made them a damn good defense and that’s what he does good but as a HC well he stinks at that…anyhow I think Mc D has gotten far too much credit for New Englands offense as it was good before he became the OC and it’s still good after he left…

  29. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 6, 2012 11:04 AM

    Yeah, Boston is so “beautiful” that they are outlawing knives, spending tax dollars on sex-change operations and fake breasts for inmates, and it is one of the most racist cities in the U.S. They also love them some drinking U.S. Senators that drive drunk and kill young women.
    —————————————————–
    This is very accurate, I’m a NH native living in the south thankfully!

    As a Pats fan I would love to have Josh back, if BB sees him as someone worthy of being groomed to take over his job one day, so be it!

  30. dcfan4life says: Jan 6, 2012 11:05 AM

    Being an offensive coordinator of the worst offense in the league should not gain anyone such interest. Josh Mcdaniels failed to score with Stephen Jackson, Sam Bradford, and Brandon LLoyd on there roster for most of the season. The GM drafter no premier offensinve lineman and overrated players like Kendricks who has problems with drops in college, funny how it could carry over to the pros… St. Louis needs to clean house, top to bottom with the GM, Spagnolo and Mcdaniels unemployed for at least a year as punishment for what they put the Ram fans through. Remember plenty of people picked the Rams to win the division. 2 wins later and these guys are top commodites for coordinator jobs, what a joke.

  31. docboss says: Jan 6, 2012 11:11 AM

    If McDaniels is so valuable, Stan should ask for a second round pick for him. badtimeoutcaldwell is “dead on”. I might even extend it to include the head coach. Good quarterback play makes coaches “geniuses”. Not that the coaches are/were slugs, but “geniuses?” see Shanahan, Walsh, Martz, etc.

  32. nineroutsider says: Jan 6, 2012 11:12 AM

    No one should want this guy!

  33. kurb21 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:14 AM

    I have been hoping Josh would return to New England for awhile, as I think he would be a good heir to Belichick.

    I believe that Josh has a lot of coaching talent and he just needs to mature and “season” himself. It was not the coaching that hurt him in Denver, it was him being granted the ability to be G.M. That, my friends, is Pat Bowlen’s irresponsibility.

    Working again under Belichick can help him and the Patriots.

  34. patriotsbestteamever says: Jan 6, 2012 11:19 AM

    With Josh McDaniels the coach of the New England Patriots football team, this is a team that may go 19-0. You look at this football team and their schedule, this could be 2007 redux. Home games with denver, seattle, s.f., indy and houston. on the road against balt., jax, tenn., st. louis and arizona. Easy, easy schdule. This is a team that may set records. February 2013 in New Orleans!!!!!!!!

  35. gumbyn28 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    some of you forget a # of things:
    -he designed that record setting offense of the Pats in ’07
    -Denver was stupid to give him personnel authority, which he wouldn’t have in NE or KC
    -no coordinator can overcome 3/5ths of the starting OL on IR; a dinged up QB; a dinged up RB; no viable TEs; and only 1 NFL caliber WR that they had to trade for after 4 weeks of the season had gone by

    it’s obvious that a lot of people in the NFL still highly regard McDaniels as an offensive coordinator.

    i’d love to have him KC to reunite with Cassel. amazing what happens when Cassel has a legit play-caller and coordinator in the house, as his 48 TD to 11 INTs and 89 and 93 QB Ratings show in ’08 and ’10.

  36. wte1 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    Do you know who needs an offensive coordinator?

    Denver.

  37. drewless says: Jan 6, 2012 11:38 AM

    “I think the Broncos gave up in him too early. All that man needed was a good GM and D Coordinator.”

    Really??? Cause he had mike nolan who was awesome and we all saw how mcdaniels handled that situation

  38. jerrygogo says: Jan 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    The QB makes the coordinator. What don’t they all understand?

  39. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 6, 2012 11:49 AM

    Josh, come back to New England and take Brandon Lloyd with you.

  40. schmitty2 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:58 AM

    patriotsbestteamever says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:19 AM
    With Josh McDaniels the coach of the New England Patriots football team, this is a team that may go 19-0. You look at this football team and their schedule, this could be 2007 redux. Home games with denver, seattle, s.f., indy and houston. on the road against balt., jax, tenn., st. louis and arizona. Easy, easy schdule. This is a team that may set records. February 2013 in New Orleans!!!!!!!!

    It’s ok to have faith in your team but your taking being a “homer” to a whole new level

  41. footballpoetry says: Jan 6, 2012 12:02 PM

    @joetoronto

    “Kansas friggin City” is not in the middle of nowhere.

  42. hwatt says: Jan 6, 2012 12:39 PM

    please, anywhere except St. Louis. Sam Bradford was doing fine until you came along

  43. Ralphie says: Jan 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    leftcoastnative says:
    Jan 6, 2012 10:55 AM
    Unless McDaniels has “offensive coordinator” duties listed as his exclusive position in his Rams contract, the organization actually could reassign him to “other duties,” including off-field assignments, that would lock him into serving out the terms of his Rams contract thus keeping him from being an assistant elsewhere in the league.
    _________________________________

    That’s not how things work in the NFL and none of the teams are that petty. Bottom line: If the new coach doesn’t want him on his staff he’s gone – plain and simple. If they even tried that tactic #1 it would be a huge distraction for the new coaching regime; #2 you’re gonna pay a football guy over $1M a year to shuffle papers out in a trailer in the back parking lot? I’m sure he won’t be disgruntled and won’t be a distraction. #3; No assistant coach worth his salt would even consider going to the Rams as long as that regime was in charge who pulled that stunt.

  44. patriotsbestteamever says: Jan 6, 2012 12:52 PM

    “It’s ok to have faith in your team but your taking being a “homer” to a whole new level”

    Oh really? It’s a realisitc possibility seeing the average win total of this team the past two years is 13.5. What’s 2 or 3 more wins against a pathetic schedule next year. This is a football team that has the best offense in the history of football the past 5 years (look it up folks). Combine this with a young, swarming, up and coming defense that is starting to gel and you have 19-0.

  45. tedmurph says: Jan 6, 2012 12:56 PM

    McDaniel will come back to NE on a handshake deal that he’ll be the next guy when BB moves upstairs @ the end of Brady’s current contract. Rams won’t stand in his way because Fisher will want his own guy. Pats can’t offer Assistant Head Coach title unless they take it away from Scar, which they won’t do. I’d still rather be coach in waiting in NE than HC in KC. If Pioli doesn’t win soon, he’ll be out too. Where will that tleave McDaniel.

  46. footballmaven says: Jan 6, 2012 1:02 PM

    Just keep him as far as possible from the draft room…..

  47. dukemarc says: Jan 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    “Patriots and Chiefs seek to speak to McDaniels”

    Why?

  48. 6ball says: Jan 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    .

    The main criteria for Patriots offensive coordinator is your comfort level with Brady. No one is going to revolutionize an offense that has been in place for a decade. If your play calling is suspect, Brady will audible out. The O-line and RB coach have been there forever, plus Ferenz has done an excellent job as TE coach, developing Hernandez and Gronkowski. Other than keep Brady happy, there’s not much to do.

    .

  49. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    @joetoronto

    Not such a tough choice.

    By almost a 2-1 margin, people think your comment was stupid.
    Let’s see, would I rather live in the USA or Canada?

    Thats not a tough one at all……..EH?

  50. schmitty2 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:25 PM

    patriotsbestteamever says:
    Jan 6, 2012 12:52 PM
    “It’s ok to have faith in your team but your taking being a “homer” to a whole new level”

    Oh really? It’s a realisitc possibility seeing the average win total of this team the past two years is 13.5. What’s 2 or 3 more wins against a pathetic schedule next year. This is a football team that has the best offense in the history of football the past 5 years (look it up folks). Combine this with a young, swarming, up and coming defense that is starting to gel and you have 19-0.

    Young, swarming defense?? Their pass defense is the worst in football. Offense is good but what has that won theem since the last SB when they were 18-0 and lost?

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