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Josh McDaniels expected to join Patriots staff immediately

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It sounds like Josh McDaniels will be part of another Patriots playoff run.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots are expected to hire McDaniels as an offensive assistant immediately. He will reportedly assist the team during their playoff run.

Bill O’Brien, who took the job to be the head coach at Penn State, remains on staff as an offensive coordinator. But McDaniels will provide another set of hands for the playoff run and is ultimately expected to replace O’Brien as coordinator.

McDaniels faced a lot of the AFC playoff competition this year while working for the Rams, including the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals.

There was a lot of speculation that McDaniels could join Romeo Crennel in Kansas City, but the Chiefs were never known to have requested permission to speak with him. Perhaps they knew of his desire to return to the Patriots.

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  1. dougydougdoug says: Jan 7, 2012 11:54 AM

    Makes sense. He clearly did a great job with making the Rams one explosive offense. Is he going to help draft Tebow for the Patriots, too?

  2. pastabelly says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    Good move for the Pats and McDaniels. He will eventually be HD in NE.

  3. smartbutlazy says: Jan 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    Dude. If the Broncos beat the Steelers and the Texans beat the Bengals, Denver will go to NE to face the Patriots in the Divisional Round. How bad ass would that be? Talk about drama! Denver vs. the man that destroyed the franchise. Tebow vs. his biggest believer.

  4. deepthreat says: Jan 7, 2012 11:57 AM

    Patriots are now better off than they were before O’Brien left. Lemons out of lemonade…

  5. jobotjones says: Jan 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    Is this even allowed? Leave it to the pats to do something as grimey as this…

  6. jbaxt says: Jan 7, 2012 11:59 AM

    And Chiefs nation SINGS praise!!!

  7. itsmammoth says: Jan 7, 2012 12:01 PM

    Ok, first things first guys. We need to get rid of the Pro Bowl QB, and #1 WR… any questions?

  8. horsemeat47 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:04 PM

    Kind of like moving back in with your parents after failing in the real world. I wonder of he’s going to live in Bill’s basement?

  9. ampats says: Jan 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    This is great news and will only help the Patriots prepare for the playoffs. Not to mention the Rams also played the
    Saints,Packers,Giants,Falcons and 49ers.

    McD was nothing short of a great coordinator while he was here in New England and was very close with TB.I could care less about his personnel decisions of which he will have none here in NE.(Sorry Bronco fans).

    And I believe McD is an upgrade to O’Brien,no disrespect but the Patriots offense has started slow most games this season. Many fans have been upset with some of the playcalling this season.

    And now the Pats are set for 2012 !Along with 2 first’s & 2 second rounders in the draft.

  10. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    He couldn’t make it own his own in the NFL world so crawl back home with your tail between your legs.

    Is it just coincidence that every assistant that left Belicheats staff has failed as head coach AND even as an assistant? NO!

    I think it proves what everyone outside of Chowderville already knew. The Patriots only won by ways of cheating. Coaches all gained a fraudulent rep as great coaches caused they cheated, and they flopped once they had to coach and compete on equal footing

  11. sschmiggles says: Jan 7, 2012 12:06 PM

    Good move for the Pats. He knows the system and the players. Plus, he’s one of the best playcallers I’ve seen. Not HC material but a very good coordinator.

  12. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 7, 2012 12:07 PM

    McDaniels back to help cheat the Patriots to another tainted championship?

  13. moelester says: Jan 7, 2012 12:08 PM

    Really? He doesn’t have to wait till the end of the season? This feels a little below the belt. How Belicheckian.

  14. horntoady says: Jan 7, 2012 12:10 PM

    Videos are rolling!!!!!!

  15. dyhrdpatsfan says: Jan 7, 2012 12:10 PM

    That solves that problem…. All hands on deck!!

  16. realnflmaster says: Jan 7, 2012 12:10 PM

    lol how hard is it to coach Tom Brady, the guy checks out every play you call anyways.

  17. chuckyd317 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:11 PM

    This guy is a bad apple… in Denver he ran Cutler, Scheffler, and Marshall out of town… his Top 3 Players gone… then he runs his DC out, the same DC who was responsible for Denvers 6-0 start…

  18. wryly1 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Back to NE/Bellicheck for remedial coaching training after imploding the Offense’s in DEN & StL.

  19. goinghamonit128 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    Brady would make anyone look like a mastermind of an OC. Prime example is with this stool sample. His genius brought the great Tim Tebow to Denver, and I know Bradford was out much of the year, but how many points did the Rams score all year?

  20. backindasaddle says: Jan 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    McDaniels went out and a big fat made bundle of cash at a young age to be the HC of the Broncos. Didn’t really go so well…. don’t think he was “seasoned” quite enough yet. But he still got that big fat bag of cash. Good for you Josh. Now, still at a young age, he’ll be back with his mentor Belichick and HOF QB Brady. He’ll be very happy and at some point when he’s a bit more “seasoned” he’ll become an excellent HC somewhere. Who knows… he may even become Belichick’s predecessor.

  21. chad478 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    If you are allowed to hire an asst coach before the season ends, then you should be allowed to hire a head coach before the season ends.

  22. tallguyme says: Jan 7, 2012 12:16 PM

    this is an upgrade for the Pats.

  23. Stiller43 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:16 PM

    McDaniels faced a lot of the AFC playoff competition this year while working for the Rams, including the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals.

    So his offense got shut out by the steelers and scored a total of about 12 points agains the bengals and ravens?

    Sweet.

  24. sbxxix says: Jan 7, 2012 12:16 PM

    They really should be hiring a D Coordinator. Tom Brady also broke Marino’s passing record. Obviously Offense isn’t the problem, Defense is.

  25. ampats says: Jan 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    Haters are out in full force. The biggest problem that you face with McDaniels joining the Patriots this season is that it only helps the Patriots.

    If anyone sees this hurting the Patriots this season state your case or hate on.

    The road to Indy goes through Gillette !

    Jets implosion, McDaniels coming back,bye week with Number #1 seed,Tom Brady life is great being a Patriots fan !

  26. deepthreat says: Jan 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Knowing the Ravens and Bengals helps, but Belichick is clearly thinking Super Bowl because McDaniel’s Rams played the Packers, Saints, and 49ers.

  27. carlsbadboltfan says: Jan 7, 2012 12:21 PM

    I don’t see how this helps that much. Pats problems were on defense, not offense.

  28. johnnyb216 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:33 PM

    Is this even legal?

  29. ingloriousmaster says: Jan 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    Finally the deep ball will return to NE

  30. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Jan 7, 2012 12:35 PM

    Maybe McDaniels can learn how to use TEs in an NFL offense while he’s there. Next year is going to suck for Gronk and Hernandez.

  31. khuxford says: Jan 7, 2012 12:47 PM

    I think this is great for McDaniels and for the Pats.

    With the Pats, there’s some continuity and security having the guy who performed the job well before (you can argue how difficult that job was, but he got high marks doing it for NE before).

    For McDaniels, he has the chance to build back his rep and heat so that he can get another HC gig down the line (I said it was good for him and the Pats, not any of the other 31 teams or teams’ fans).

  32. lowleadman says: Jan 7, 2012 12:47 PM

    McDaniels left NE to become HC of the Broncos a little too early in his career.

    He is a brilliant O coordinator who will bring his skillset back to NE, learn more under the master and eventually be in position to replace Billy when he discides to step down. I wouldn’t be suprised to see McDaniel get not only OC title, but asst HC as well.

    Great move Pats.

  33. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    The Patriots must have needed Josh McDaniels expertise at breaking down film and stealing other teams signals.

  34. saintsfan1111 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    What a complete failure as a coach.

  35. sojumaster says: Jan 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    One of the key players from Spygate returns back home ….

    The only surprise that I have is that the league is allowing this to happen.

  36. sundayisthebestday says: Jan 7, 2012 12:58 PM

    backindasaddle says: Jan 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    Who knows… he may even become Belichick’s predecessor.
    ———————————————-

    You need to look up the definition of “predecessor.” The word you were looking for is “successor.” Regardless, I don’t see McDaniels ever taking over for Belichick.

  37. bigperm33 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:01 PM

    Everyone on here saying the Patriots are cheating in some way by hiring McDaniels – what are you basing that on other than your irrational hatred of the Patriots? What is illegal about hiring a coach? Even this web site, that loves to stir up controversy and arguments, didn’t even hint that there was anything at all wrong with hiring McDaniels to help out now. In fact, i saw on ESPN earlier this week that they predicted mcdaniels would help out immediately. So, when you find something that makes it illegal, fine. Until then – get over yourselves. had the Rams wanted to stop this, they could have. They didn’t. The NFL doesn’t object. Not a word from any other team in the NFL. But you people who don’t have a clue about anything, you think it is a problem. I’ve never seen anything in sports like how people can’t get past the fact that 4 years ago the patriots got caught taping signals that were open to anyone in an entire stadium to see – and after that, they were so thrown off by being caught, they went on to win their next 17 games, setting the NFL record for points. The Broncos cheated to win their two super bowls (twice getting caught cheating the salary cap to be able to keep terrell davis john elway, and sign other players)- no on cares about that. The miami dolphins put microphones on defensive players to tape QB (namely Brady’s) offensive signals (this happened end of 2006) – no on cared about that then. Jimmy Johnson admitted that taping of signals was common practice when he coached – no one cares about that. So, to all you people still bringing up cheating any time there is any story having anything to do with the patriots – time to move on.

  38. patfaninbflo says: Jan 7, 2012 1:01 PM

    @backindasaddle

    Pete Carroll was Belichick’s predecessor.

  39. rc33 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:03 PM

    McDaniels has already faced Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincy this year; one more voice in the meeting room will not hurt. There’s no downside in this for New England.
    The Patriots went 29-6 in two seasons with him as their OC and Brady went from an exceptional QB to one of the All Time greats. Anyone that believes a Coordinator can’t go “home” and be great again has forgotten about Dick LeBeau’s stint as Head Coach in Cincinnati.

  40. kelvinmchale says: Jan 7, 2012 1:06 PM

    How quickly some of the commenters above forget that Belichick went back to being an assistant after being a head coach with the Browns. How did that work out for him when he got his second chance? In fact, he went right back to Parcells, just like McD is going back to Belichick. Ignorance abounds in these comments.

  41. bradwins says: Jan 7, 2012 1:12 PM

    Woo hoo! The Pats offense never was, and hasn’t been, as good as it was under Josh. He will also be the next HC of the NEP. Bill LOVES Josh and I’ll bet he will stay on the staff until Bill retires, moves his office upstairs and appoints JMcD as his successor.

  42. donkeykong2011 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:14 PM

    Why would the league have an objection? He is a below average coach. Who cares. The only people complaining are fans of teams who have been steamrolled by the Pats.

  43. mtmiceli says: Jan 7, 2012 1:17 PM

    Ok, first the I am a HUGE pats fan, but we need to keep things in perspective. The road to Indy goes thru Gillette ONLY if the pats win the first game and that, given their past two seasons, is a challenge in itself. Secondly, bringing McDaniels pack is a GREAT move, watch for more production from OCHO in the playoffs.

  44. eslaught says: Jan 7, 2012 1:21 PM

    McDaniels faced a lot of the AFC playoff competition this year while working for the Rams, including the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals.

    He was outscored 84 – 20 in those games. A great OC should have done more. I could win Super Bowls calling crap plays and letting Brady check out of them too. McDaniels has no skill as an OC or HC. The Pats should be embarrassed to let this guy walk back in the doors.

  45. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    Love it. Love it. Love it. I hope O’Brien is only still around to show McDaniels where they keep the post-it notes and coffee creamer. Otherwise let’s dust off the 07 playbooks and get to work.

  46. 6ball says: Jan 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    .

    If Tom Brady did not want him there, he would not be there.

    Brady’s opinion > fan’s opinion

    .

  47. tampajoey says: Jan 7, 2012 1:30 PM

    Josh McDaniels has made an entire career out of riding on Tom Brady’s coattail.

    He sucked in Denver and sucked in St Louis. So it’s back to riding Tom Brady’s coattail again.

  48. usmutts says: Jan 7, 2012 1:32 PM

    Various coaches who’ve worked with Tom Brady suddenly become geniuses. It’s Brady making them look like what they aren’t. Brady got Weis two head coaching jobs. Brady got O’Brien the job at Penn State. Brady got McDaniel the job at Denver. And Brady got Belichick the Super Bowl rings.

    It’s easy to recognize who the real genius is in the Pats’ organization. Without Tom Brady, NE goes nowhere. And I’m no Pats ( or Brady ) fan, either.

  49. buckeye1nation says: Jan 7, 2012 1:34 PM

    How is bringing in a coach that was released from another team any different than bringing in a player that was released from another team? I really don’t see the issue here for people complaining about it, other than the fact it is the Pats.

  50. lanman11 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    @bigperm33

    Don’t forget that the 49’ers were convicted of cheating the salary cap and paying players future dollars in their contracts in order to make it look like they were under the cap in the years they won super bowls, allowing them to put more and higher quality free agents onto their team (now that is cheating, and the Broncos did the same thing – both lost only 3rd round picks!), and the Steelers were convected of starting training camps six weeks earlier than allowed to gain an advantage on all the other teams during their run in the 70’s. They too lost a draft pick. Nobody was punished more for less than the NE Patriots, and it was largely because the 24×7 instant news cycle had distorted reality and the league had to do something major to appease the mislead masses.

  51. soxpatsceltsbs says: Jan 7, 2012 2:20 PM

    @ bigperm33

    Nicely said!!!!

  52. sgtcombatsanta says: Jan 7, 2012 2:21 PM

    I’m not a Patriots or Tom Brady fan, but I can’t help LMAO at all of the haters here who continually bring up “SPYGATE!”

    Back when it happened and even before, every team video taped the offensive and defensive coordinators…All you have to do is Google: Bill Cowher, Jimmy Johnson, etc. and you can read all about how they did it as well.

    And yes it’s true, NE has’nt won a SB since, but answer this for me…How come NE has the best won / loss record since then?

  53. holdthemayo123 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:22 PM

    How would this be a problem?? He was fired from his job, he should be able to pick up another one.
    Seriously, Pats haters, stop making yourself look like f’in morons.

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:34 PM

    The video cameras will commence rolling. Is Scarnecchia still there? There will be another asterisk if they aren’t one and done as they would be minus cameras.

  55. khuxford says: Jan 7, 2012 2:38 PM

    @holdthemayo: he DIDN’T get fired. still under contract.

  56. browniebuck says: Jan 7, 2012 2:53 PM

    I don’t think that people are saying that it is illegal, they are just asking if it is something that is above board with the NFL. Normally when one franchise asks for permission to speak with another assistant under contract, the assistant under contract joins the new team the following season, not for the playoff run.

  57. afc22 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    this is soooo amazing for the Pats. makes them locks to win it all

  58. sgtcombatsanta says: Jan 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    The Rams gave the Patriots PERMISSION to speak with McDaniels…Also the NFL gave them permission as well, and APPROVED the hiring!

  59. wikidpissah says: Jan 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    I think it proves what everyone outside of Chowderville already knew. The Patriots only won by ways of cheating. Coaches all gained a fraudulent rep as great coaches caused they cheated, and they flopped once they had to coach and compete on equal footing
    ————————————————–
    McDaniels was the Pats OC in 2007; which was AFTER “Spygate.” That was the year the Pats had the most productive offense in NFL history.

    I guess being obnoxious doesn’t preclude being stupid.

  60. thesportgenius says: Jan 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    Can he coach some defense? Its not like Brady needs help.

  61. habsman says: Jan 7, 2012 4:20 PM

    Three beautiful, wonderful, shiney, untainted Lombardi’s.

    What are you haters going to do about it?

  62. docboss says: Jan 7, 2012 4:23 PM

    Rams could have been jerks and held him for ransom, perhaps a middle round pick in the draft. I wonder how many other organizations would have tried that. This is just another indication that the Rams already have their next coach in the wings and whoever he is, he sure does not want McD. You should give him some slack for 2011. Lockout, bad team, bad injuries, bad karma.

  63. commandercornpone says: Jan 7, 2012 5:50 PM

    the problem with giving people slack for poor team performance due to the lockout etc is…

    explain teams that made major personnel changes or coaching changes… or both… and didnt tank.

    cincy. houston. tennessee. denver. carolina. frisco. seattle.

    no slack.

  64. drewsylvania says: Jan 7, 2012 7:38 PM

    “Is this even allowed? Leave it to the pats to do something as grimey as this…”

    As far as sheep-flavored pathetic haterade goes, this says it all.

  65. melikefootball says: Jan 7, 2012 8:23 PM

    Bell-I-Cheat does it again. We played all the teams you may play so hire me.

  66. jr4real says: Jan 7, 2012 8:58 PM

    Does he have a long term contract or is this just for the playoffs?

  67. sojumaster says: Jan 8, 2012 11:10 AM

    lanman11 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    @bigperm33

    Don’t forget that the 49′ers were convicted of cheating the salary cap and paying players future dollars in their contracts in order to make it look like they were under the cap in the years they won super bowls, allowing them to put more and higher quality free agents onto their team (now that is cheating, and the Broncos did the same thing – both lost only 3rd round picks!), and the Steelers were convected of starting training camps six weeks earlier than allowed to gain an advantage on all the other teams during their run in the 70′s. They too lost a draft pick. Nobody was punished more for less than the NE Patriots, and it was largely because the 24×7 instant news cycle had distorted reality and the league had to do something major to appease the mislead masses.

    ——————————————-

    Steelers lost their 3rd round draft pick in 1979 when the team was found to have practiced with pads during an off-season period when pads were not allowed; Not for an early off-season practice.

    San Fran did lose a total of 2 draft picks (2001; 2002); the extent of the salary cap violations was AFTER the 49ers won the 1995 Super Bowl. The principal issues involved allegations of an undisclosed agreement concerning duration and incentive provisions of Druckenmiller’s rookie contract (1997), undisclosed agreement concerning the duration of Woodall’s contract, undisclosed commitments and payments made to Jones in the 1997 and 1998 seasons, and an agreement made between the agent for Young and the club regarding the quarterback’s future compensation.

    Belichick admitted to taping the opponents’ signals since his arrival in new England in 2000, how can you possibly cry about the patriots getting punished too harshly?

    How was the public mislead? The patriots were caught illegally video taping the other team. There are specific rules on what you can and can not do. The patriots took exception to the rules to gain an unfair advantage. The team had admitted to the wrong-doing and there was clear evidence presented to roger goodell of the illegal activities.

    The part that is the most disturbing about the whole spygate scandal is that roger goodell destroyed the tapes after he handed out the punishment. Now no one will know the true extent of how far the cheating really went.

  68. khuxford says: Jan 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    @sojumaster: well said!

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