Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels is the best offensive coordinator in the NFL

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he worked hard at keeping Josh McDaniels in the fold because he thinks so highly of him.

Belichick said at the league meeting that after the Super Bowl, he made an effort to get McDaniels to stay, rather than leave to become head coach of the Colts, because Belichick considers McDaniels the best offensive coordinator in football.

“We got back from Minnesota. I had an opportunity to talk with Josh. We were able to work some things out,” Belichick said. “I’m thrilled he’s still with us and is going to continue in his role. I think he’s the top offensive coordinator in the league. He’s done a great job for me for a long time in a lot of different roles so very glad, based on the meeting we had, there were a number of things that happened, but after the meeting that we had we were able to work that out and keep him with us.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it worth McDaniels’ while financially to stay in New England, and Kraft said that was money well spent.

“It’s very important,” Kraft said. “I can’t tell you how happy I am he’s coming back. I think he’s the best offensive coordinator and has shown that when he’s been with us. He has a great football intellect. We’re really happy he decided to stay with us.”

Although there’s no firm agreement in place, there’s a good chance that the 41-year-old McDaniels will replace the 65-year-old Belichick whenever Belichick decides to retire. Both Belichick and Kraft think McDaniels will be in a good position to succeed.

83 responses to “Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels is the best offensive coordinator in the NFL

  1. Colts dodged a bullet. McDaniels is a train wreck as a head coach…when BB retires, we all look forward to the torching of Gilette Stadium as this lowlife tears Foxboro to the ground.

  2. Hmmm…. that’s why the offense has been ranked number 1 in the league the the majority of the last 10 seasons….oh wait. -Sean Payton

  3. Smart not to let him go to Indy where he would have had to change the entire losing-cheating-blaming culture there. The no-accountability attitude has been pervasive.

    If Reich can accomplish that, kudos to him. He’s got his work more than cut out for him.

  4. Reminder: The Patriots are the NFL’s franchise in Boston, and the Colts are the NFL’s franchise in Indianapolis. Just like McDonald’s.

    I wonder how this sort of talking employees out of taking a promotion within the company would play out at other corporations with multiple franchises?

  5. If he had been offered say, the Browns head coaching job, BB might not have been able to talk him out of it. But Indy, it was probably pretty easy.

  6. cobrala2 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    Philly beat the Best in yet another metric.
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    Except in total super bowl wins. BTW eagle, the pats are 1-1 against you in the super bowl. Or did you forget donovan mcnabb throwing up in the last one?

  7. kenzmen says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    No,the coordinator for the eagles is.

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    Amazing how many new eagles fans don’t even know their offensive coordinator is with the colts now. Besides, McDaniels has more rings than Frank Reich does.

  8. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t, but it makes it a whole heckuva lot easier to be considered the best offensive coordinator in the league with Tom Brady as your QB… Just sayin’…

  9. The last time McDaniels called an offense without Brady as QB, his record was 11-18. He was fired after starting 3-10 and annoying everyone in the Broncos organization. He also drafted Tebow in the first round when EVERY draft analyst said he shouldn’t go before the bottom of the third round because he was a huge project. The Colts dodged a bullet.

  10. kenzmen says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm
    No,the coordinator for the eagles is.

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    The OC who just got the job last month or the HC of the Colts? Neither one called the plays anyway.

  11. TB12 makes him look pretty good. There is a coach in Green Bay self described himself as a very successful NFL coach. How good was his coaching when Rodgers went down last year.

  12. You B. Crazy says:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    The last time McDaniels called an offense without Brady as QB, his record was 11-18. He was fired after starting 3-10 and annoying everyone in the Broncos organization. He also drafted Tebow in the first round when EVERY draft analyst said he shouldn’t go before the bottom of the third round because he was a huge project. The Colts dodged a bullet.

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    That wasn’t the last time he called an offense without Brady as QB. After he left Denver he called plays for the Rams.

  13. Once again Bill is correct.
    It’s interesting that all the people ripping McDaniels for backing out of the deal are the same people that say they’re glad he did and the Colts are better off with FairWeather Frank as coach.

  14. He may turn out to be the next Vince Lombardi. However, after his disastrous stint in Denver (they couldn’t ditch him fast enough) I doubt it. Now after stiffing the Colts he won’t get any other offers. Several of the coaches that were going to comprise his staff as head coach had already signed contracts with the Colts like DC Matt Eberflus. They had already moved to Indianapolis only to find out that McDaniels had betrayed them. What else can it be called? How in the world would another team trust him after this? His record at Denver was abysmal as he led their ground game into ruin. Remember Peyton Hillis? Guess who traded him to Cleveland? The Broncos had their worst slump in decades under McDaniels. He may be a great OC but he has a horrible track record as a head coach. Not all coordinators make good head coaches.

  15. He is right now, but he won’t be after DeFlippo starts his gig as Minnesota OC.

  16. Ewhite1065 says:
    It’s interesting that all the people ripping McDaniels for backing out of the deal are the same people that say they’re glad he did and the Colts are better off with FairWeather Frank as coach.
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    How very profound. Don’t you just love simplistic logic?
    Newsflash: It’s entirely possible to think a guy is a weasel for acting less than professionally, and once he’s shown his cards, to also be glad that your team is now NOT stuck with said weasel, even if you might have wanted him at first. It’s hardly an either-or proposition.

  17. BB must have given McDaniels a heads up when he plans to go, because McD is not going to hang around indefinitely, not with teams wanting his services. I don’t beleive dropping the Colts in it will harm his chances getting other offers because the NFL is the NFL and anybody who has success like he has enjoyed under BB will have a lot of offers. There is something going on inside the Patriots but in all honesty it will probably sort its self out, BB will stay for another 10 years, Brady for a couple more and McD will lead the Browns to the AFC championship beating New England but losing to Buccs in the Super Bowl.

  18. Patriots fan lists why the Patriots are so successful –
    Here are the contributing percentages:

    Owner 2%
    Head Coach 6% (3 if he has to play by the rules)
    QB 90% (likely an underestimate)
    O-line Coach 1%
    Offensive Coordinator 1%

  19. Not entirely sure what McDaniels draft decision as HC of the Broncos has to do with an analysis of his coordinator abilities…or do OCs suddenly make the call on roster decisions?

  20. tb12greatest says:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm
    cobrala2 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    Philly beat the Best in yet another metric.
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    Except in total super bowl wins. BTW eagle, the pats are 1-1 against you in the super bowl. Or did you forget donovan mcnabb throwing up in the last one?

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    Well tb12greatest you should consider the Pats are 0-1 against the Bears, and Packers in SB’s and are 0-2 against Giants so what’s your point?

  21. davemishsr says:
    March 30, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    He may be a great OC but he has a horrible track record as a head coach. Not all coordinators make good head coaches.
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    He’s only had one stint. By that token, Belichick was a lousy HC after Cleveland because his team quit when Model announced he was moving the franchise.

  22. orndorf2 says:

    March 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Hmmm…. that’s why the offense has been ranked number 1 in the league the the majority of the last 10 seasons….oh wait. -Sean Payton
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    The Off. that has won the most super bowls in the last 10 years is the Patriots.

  23. Something tells me this is a back handed compliment. Because we all know Josh isn’t a good head coach haha

  24. Let’s see…. the best coach, the best o coordinator, the best qb, the best te……lost to nick foles and the philadelphia eagles

  25. I think Belichick meant Josh is the best since Peyton Manning retired. Peyton ran the best offense in NFL history in Denver and he was his own OC on the field so he technically was the best OC. Now Josh McDaniels is the best.

  26. McDaniels is NO WHERE NEAR the best Offensive Coordinator n the league, not by a long shot. With Tom Brady aged 41 years that is going to soon become extremely CLEAR to the rest of the NFL & given all the bridges he’s burnt around the NFL he better hope he’s a shoe in for HC after Bill B retires. The future is looking very dark in New England the closer Tom gets to walking away.

  27. All this “McDaniels will never get another job offer” is just wishful thinking on your part.

  28. Bottom line, the Patrios still lost to a 2nd string qb. To bad, so sad. Eagles beat the mighty patriots with a back up qb. HaHaHa Gotta Love It for the sniveling pats fans. Get over it.

  29. What’s going to be fun to watch is when Belichick & Brady retire at the same time and leave McDaniels with dreck. He’ll go 4-12 a couple times and be fired.

  30. tb12greatest says:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    cobrala2 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    Philly beat the Best in yet another metric.
    _________________________________

    Except in total super bowl wins. BTW eagle, the pats are 1-1 against you in the super bowl. Or did you forget donovan mcnabb throwing up in the last one?

    1 and 1 yes but i MUST invoke spygate

  31. The haters are still gonna hate.

    Philly had zero answer in the second half and made one call to rush the end from the inside to spoil another comeback. So, haters, more than 505 yards passing and McDaniels is a chump? Didn’t the Colts see the same game y’all did?

    NE scored more than 30 points in 5 out the last 6 post-season games – with only the 24 against the Jaguars the exception. And you have the absolute temerity to rank on McDaniels? I hope he pummels your teams for years to come. I have to laugh.

  32. Folks act like what he did to the Colts wasn’t fair. It was. That was just a taste. Sincerely, Deflategate.

  33. Pats fans can laugh all they want. The Patriots are still Losers. And so is their lowlife OC.

  34. But not good enough to be a head coach , eh Billy

    Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels is the best offensive coordinator in the NFL

  35. Not saying much, pretty sure anyone who got to work under the best coach in NFL and work for the best qb of all time would prob be labeled the best OC too.

  36. The crybabies from Indy wont stop. If you think that Josh acted poorly, think about how the city of Baltimore felt when this proud franchise snuck out in the middle of the night. You will always have your AFC championship participation better and we will never take that from you.

  37. I’m not going to argue, but I’m guessing McDaniel is up for a pay raise, so Bill is setting the tone for the negotiations. Charlie Weis was regarded as the best offensive coordinator when he was with Brady too. Maybe Bill is just good at picking O.C.’s, even though they don’t have that same magic when they get away from Brady. But if someone said Barbara Streisand had the best voice coach, who could argue?

  38. ChampKind813 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    Not saying much, pretty sure anyone who got to work under the best coach in NFL and work for the best qb of all time would prob be labeled the best OC too.
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    Bill O’Brien was never considered the best OC, nor was he. McDaniels has 5 SB rings on Pats’ coaching staff and is 2 of 4 as OC (and 1 of 1 as QB coach, and the other 2 rings on defense). Name a more successful current coordinator – I’ll give you a hint: there isn’t one.

  39. schwamtek says:
    March 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm
    Eagles are Champs. McDaniels and Belichick are Chumps.

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    Enjoy it until September. That’s the right of the winning fans. Then it’s 0-0 again.

  40. The last time McDaniels called an offense without Brady as QB, his record was 11-18

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    I think you forgot 2008 when Cassell came in for Tom. 11 wins, missed the playoffs on a tie breaker based on the division record/conference record.

  41. Patsareinyourheads says:
    March 30, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    The crybabies from Indy wont stop. If you think that Josh acted poorly, think about how the city of Baltimore felt when this proud franchise snuck out in the middle of the night. You will always have your AFC championship participation better and we will never take that from you.
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    Wiki exactly why they left.
    #KnowYourHistory

  42. charger383 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:52 pm
    wish he had kept his Defensive coordinator instead

    gysot says:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    Then how did they get outscored in the Super Bowl?


    I’m pretty sure it was the 40 burger that killed NE, not the 38 they scored. And btw, they almost pulled off another comeback win so all good here in the place where you at least have a chance every few years.

  43. What a coincidence that Belicheats favorite OC lied to the Colts and cheated them as well?

  44. tb12greatest says:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:18 pm
    cobrala2 says:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    Philly beat the Best in yet another metric.
    _________________________________

    Except in total super bowl wins. BTW eagle, the pats are 1-1 against you in the super bowl. Or did you forget donovan mcnabb throwing up in the last one?

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    Unlike Pats fans who can’t get over a loss, the eagles and the rest of the teams fans don’t worry about what could’ve been. And wasn’t there something about that game with some tapes being destroyed or something?

    If you want to go back to that game, we would’ve beat you fairly then also. Now go back to being miserable with your 5 rings. Oh yea and it’s Sox season! Ya know the only team anybody up there cared about before Brady!! Losers.

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