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Belichick makes it official: McDaniels will be offensive coordinator

J. McD B. Belichick AP

Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Monday what had been reported for weeks in New England.

Asked about the succession plan for departing offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, Belichick responded, “It’s Josh.”

That would be Josh McDaniels, who will take over his old role running the Patriots offense. He’s the first coordinator under Belichick to return to the team after leaving.

Belichick said Monday he was proud of his team but sounded like he needed a break of his own.

“Well, the more you put into something, the stronger the feelings are when the event is over. I think we all know that,” Belichick said.

On players possibly retiring: “The day after the game or an hour or two after the game is not the time to make any long-term decisions. I think it’s probably best that all of us – young players, old players, young coaches, old coaches – that we all take a little time to just catch our breath, collect our thoughts and try not to make any life-changing decisions coming off – either way; try to make those big decisions right on the tail end of big emotions in a game like that.”

A conspiracy theorist will see that quote as Belichick leaving the door slightly ajar about his own future. We think it’s just Belichick’s version of being emotional.

Belichick knows this loss will take some time to recover from, and he doesn’t want to say much of anything in the meantime.

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26 Responses to “Belichick makes it official: McDaniels will be offensive coordinator”
  1. 7pints says: Feb 6, 2012 4:49 PM

    When the karma train has already started rolling right through Foxboro, ya might want to think twice about this hire.

  2. uberniner says: Feb 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    He could tell us that he figured out a new way of cheating, and if he can only give it a try, he will be back on top….

  3. irodex says: Feb 6, 2012 4:59 PM

    Wonder how long until McDaniels dusts off his trusty video camera? It’s pretty obvious the Pats need that to win anything of any real significance.

  4. nyjetssuck says: Feb 6, 2012 5:10 PM

    What’s the surprise when it comes to them losing the SB??? The Patriots beat ONE team this entire season with a greater than .500 record and that was helped by a missed FG by Baltimore.

    Belichick will retire the day after Brady retires.

  5. ynot1381 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:19 PM

    As a die hard New England fan, I love the hate that we get on PFT. 5 trips to the Superbowl in 10 years. Winning that consistently to be in the hunt will always make people angry.

    Hats off to Eli and the Giants. Good game.

  6. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 6, 2012 5:28 PM

    I for one am shocked and had no idea this was coming.

  7. bbk1000 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:29 PM

    I wish the tape was still around, reports said the NFL destroyed it, weird…

  8. blacknole08 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:35 PM

    Great hire. If they keep Welker and add another deep threat, Brady should have an even bigger year than he did in 2007.

  9. bozosforall says: Feb 6, 2012 5:39 PM

    ynot1381 says:
    Feb 6, 2012 5:19 PM
    As a die hard New England fan, I love the hate that we get on PFT. 5 trips to the Superbowl in 10 years. Winning that consistently to be in the hunt will always make people angry.

    Hats off to Eli and the Giants. Good game.

    __
    Get ready for the days of the titleless 1990s to start all over again…because they are a-comin’. And not many “hate” the Pats as a team…it’s the obnoxious idiot fans such as yourself that bring it upon yourselves. Of course, since you all have such miserable lives, all you have is your lame attempts to hitch your wagons to the mercenary teams that happen to do business in your area of the country. How utterly pathetic you losers are.

  10. kindbass says: Feb 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    Guess what, haters? We’ll be back! And we’re gonna be in ur playbook, stealin ur plays. McDaniels is gonna be at all your practices, taping all of your team’s super-secret defensive signals or whatever. Deal with it.

  11. mrwhite2012 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:47 PM

    Oh so the Steelers didnt cheat against the Seahawks and Cardinals?

  12. vincentbojackson says: Feb 6, 2012 5:48 PM

    Just in time to help the Pats draft fifth round talent in the first round. That’s Josh’s specialty.

  13. dan7800 says: Feb 6, 2012 5:51 PM

    Notice how the Pats haven’t won a SB still they were caught cheating?

    They should be stripped of the 3* that they won.

  14. jpak12 says: Feb 6, 2012 6:13 PM

    Really, all the comments that say “this proves they need to cheat to win” is complete BS. They have been a dominant regular season team and have made it to two superbowls since getting caught. Do you really think this was just one trick that only works in the superbowl? If so I have some land for you just mail me a cheque.

    One thing I gotta say I hate the Pats losing but if there is one team that has to continually hurt us like this I am glad its the Giants. There fans have said nothing but good game so far.

    The fans that doing the talking are fans of teams that were not good enough to make it this far such as the lowly Jets, for fans that want to say what teams are finished. that is an imploding team, not the Pats.

  15. spliffbunker says: Feb 6, 2012 6:24 PM

    the irony of it all…

    as a Denver fan who watched him rip apart a terrific young offense I had to listen to his apologists tell me for 2 years that it didnt matter that he buried and then traded Scheffler because in his system TE’s dont matter…

  16. theandy59 says: Feb 6, 2012 6:42 PM

    Josh is an excellent OC. He was not ready for the Denver job, and it showed. I’m happy he’s back in Foxboro. As for you “cheater” idiots, please….nothing makes you look dumber and more ignorant than your spygate conspiracy theories. They taped coaches signals. It was impossible to have any of that information gleaned during a game used in the same game. Logistically impossible. It was a more efficient version of an activity that virtually every team in the league engages in, spying on the opposition to get an edge. There are lots of accomplished coaches on record as stating they did the same thing and eventually abandoned the practice because there wasn’t any value to it. Do you honestly believe that a low level camera operator is going to review tapes, decipher and decode the signals, then find a way to relay the information to the sideline, and that information will somehow find it’s way to the field before the next snap? And do you believe that Belichick would put that level of faith in a low level camera man to in effect, call the game by determining what the defense would be playing? Give me a break.

  17. mogogo1 says: Feb 6, 2012 6:43 PM

    Josh McDaniels is a joke. The Pats didn’t miss a beat when he left and he had two opportunities away from them to show he was even halfway competent and failed on an epic scale both times. He completely destroyed the Broncos, then he took over a Rams offense ranked 25th the year before and managed to make them worse.

  18. snccoach says: Feb 6, 2012 6:48 PM

    I respect New England and believe Belichick and Brady are shoe-ins for the Hall of Fame. But doesn’t it make you wonder why the team and it’s coaches haven’t been as successful since Spygate? Think about it:

    Weiss-ND (Fail)
    Crennel-CLE (Fail), KC (TBD)
    McDaniels-DEN (Fail)
    Mangini-NYJ (Fail), CLE (Fail)

    These were coaches that were hot commodities during that timeframe. Just makes you think.

  19. bozosforall says: Feb 6, 2012 7:50 PM

    mrwhite2012 says:
    Feb 6, 2012 5:47 PM
    Oh so the Steelers didnt cheat against the Seahawks and Cardinals?

    __
    Where was the fine, then? You got nothing.

  20. docboss says: Feb 6, 2012 7:54 PM

    Overrated to the Nth degree. But, if it makes Brady happy, so be it. This ensures they will get Lloyd. They only need one more wide receiver (maybe two) to be much better. Package their first/second round picks, draft a stud possession receiver and they are back in the running for SB 2013. Other than the flawed Ravens and an aging Steeler team, who can compete in the AFC come winter time?

  21. themitchfootball.com says: Feb 6, 2012 8:42 PM

    Then he took over a Rams offense ranked 25th the year before and managed to make them worse.

    ==================================

    Yeah and Sam Bradford being injured for the entire year had NOTHING to do with that.

  22. bigdaddy44 says: Feb 6, 2012 10:27 PM

    So long and good riddance to Billy O’Brien – THE most overrated coordinator in the NFL today. I’ve said time and time again that any OC could look good with this offense against mediocre teams. O’Brien consistently fails to make
    proper adjustments against good defenses even though he has one of the most talented offenses in the NFL. Just in the last two years, his offense was completely shut down when it COUNTED in big games against the Jets, Steelers, Giants, Ravens and Giants again. Brady’s 16 for 16 and the drives at the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd quarter mean almost nothing when you look at one statistic – ZERO points in the final 26 minutes of the Super Bowl. There is one good thing I can say about him – his incompetency is consistant. We would love Charlie Weis back, but we will settle for Josh McDaniels or any average Joe off the street.

  23. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 7, 2012 12:17 AM

    Tight Ends usually don’t have a significant role in his offense, so I hope he figures a way to use 81 and 87

  24. farvite says: Feb 7, 2012 2:43 AM

    In other news;

    The sun rose today….

  25. azwildcats96 says: Feb 7, 2012 5:28 AM

    TEBOW FOR BRADY STRAIGHT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. patsfiend says: Feb 7, 2012 12:12 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Feb 6, 2012 5:39 PM
    ynot1381 says:
    Feb 6, 2012 5:19 PM
    As a die hard New England fan, I love the hate that we get on PFT. 5 trips to the Superbowl in 10 years. Winning that consistently to be in the hunt will always make people angry.

    Hats off to Eli and the Giants. Good game.

    __
    Get ready for the days of the titleless 1990s to start all over again…because they are a-comin’. And not many “hate” the Pats as a team…it’s the obnoxious idiot fans such as yourself that bring it upon yourselves. Of course, since you all have such miserable lives, all you have is your lame attempts to hitch your wagons to the mercenary teams that happen to do business in your area of the country. How utterly pathetic you losers are.
    ——-
    Leave it to the biggest troll front-runner on the site to pick on an innocuous comment like that. Maybe the 90’s will come back, but we’ll still have what is going to end up as a great 15 year run. So many great games, and we’re lucky.

    You, on the other hand, are not. Who is your team, Kobe-slurping-troll?

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