Josh McDaniels will double as quarterbacks coach

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Josh McDaniels’ brother Ben won’t be traveling with him to St. Louis.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms that the Rams will not hire a quarterbacks coach in 2011.  Instead, Josh McDaniels will serve as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.  Ben McDaniels was Josh’s quarterbacks coach in Denver.

The arrangement makes sense.  McDaniels handled the same roles in New England from 2005-2008 and that worked out pretty well.

“Josh has done it that way before,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said.   “I think it’s terrific that Sam [Bradford] will get the direct how-to-do-it, everything Josh is thinking.”

The work stoppage will make McDaniels and Bradford’s jobs more challenging in 2011.  McD may have to pare back his notoriously complex offense if he only has a few weeks to install his system.

12 responses to “Josh McDaniels will double as quarterbacks coach

  1. Josh McDaniels helped forge the best offense in NFL history. His new boss shut it down.

  2. Looks like Coach Spags hires based on qualifications rather than nepotism. Man, as a Denver fan it still kills me that we passed on him and hired that ‘tard McDaniels.

    And for the record, that New England offense may have been the most prolific in history, but that doesn’t make them the best. Their stats were inflated by Bill Belly’s childish and spiteful decision to run up scores as much as they could all season long. How many points could the early Greatest Show on Turf offenses have put up if they’d been going for it on fourth downs in the fourth quarter, and refusing to settle for field goals regardless of the score?

  3. Really? Josh was SO successful on both sides of the ball in Denver… it makes PERFECT sense to give him more reponsibility within an already weak system.


  4. Mcdaniels can only improve the Rams offense. Sure,he was grossly conservative in Denver but did you check out the Rams last year? 3-4 yard dump off passes just doesn’t cut it

  5. He got the job as Denver coach on the strength of having been OC with the Pats in 2007. He was not ready for it then and it showed in his mishandling of the Jay Cutler situation. He still does not seem ready. If ever.

  6. And now brother Ben is free to work with Sam
    Bradford during the lockout as his personal QB coach.

  7. ronworthdubbs says: Mar 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    Josh McDaniels helped forge the best offense in NFL history. His new boss shut it down.
    I still can’t wrap my mind around that one myself. JM: “If you can’t beat ’em join em.”

    JM’s finesse O (which I as a Pats fan hated)will work better in that dome than it did in Den or NE.

    I have a lot of respect for Spags and I like the guy. He’s already improved the St Lou defense so maybe they will be able to get away with the finesse stuff on O. That’s the way the SB winning Rams got away with that type of O…a very good defense.

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