In the same hour that the two players former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels drafted three picks apart in 2010 delivered a playoff win with a stirring 80-yard catch-and-run, the team that will face Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas next Saturday night announced that McDaniels has returned.
The Patriots have made it official, via a press release sent via email not long after Tebow and Thomas connected to ensure a rematch of the December 18 game between the two teams.
McDaniels will be an “offensive assistant” for the balance of the season, making his debut on Saturday night when the Patriots host the Broncos. He served as the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2011, and it’s believed he’ll become New England’s offensive coordinator after Bill O’Brien leaves for Penn State, following the postseason.
Last time around, the Patriots went to Denver and outscored the Broncos by 18, winning 41-23. This time, the game will be played at Gillette Stadium, and it will be difficult for the Broncos to win.
The presence on the Patriots’ staff of a guy who knows Tebow and Thomas well won’t make it any easier.