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Report: McDaniels to sit in Pats coaching booth

Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:36 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:58 pm
Josh McDaniels is back where it all started: New England. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

After nearly three years, Josh McDaniels has returned to the Patriots. The former New England offensive coordinator's meteoric rise coincided with the team's record-setting performance during the 2007 season, and in 2009 he was named the Broncos head coach. That lasted less than two seasons and McDaniels served as the offensive coordinator of a punchless Rams team in 2011. But now he's returned to Foxboro where it all started.

Will McDaniels make a difference? (Getty Images)
And on Saturday night, when the Patriots host the Broncos, McDaniels, who has been with the team for a week, will watch the game from the Pats' coaching booth, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

That doesn't seem like a particularly controversial proposition … and yet it is.

When New England hired McDaniels last weekend, the immediate reaction from critics went something like this: "Wait, doesn't this give the Pats an unfair advantage? McDaniels has already faced the Steelers, Bengals and Ravens and he drafted Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas?!"

Of course, the Rams were winless against the AFC North teams mentioned above (and were blown out by Baltimore and Pittsburgh), and the reason McDaniels isn't in Denver is because he wasn't very good at his job. Not only that, but the Patriots stomped the Broncos in Week 15, 41-23, without McDaniels.

One more thing: NFL rules don't prohibit teams from hiring assistants at any point during the season. And if the Rams wanted to keep McDaniels in St. Louis, or at the very, least weren't interested in New England grabbing him in time for the playoffs, they could've denied the Pats the opportunity to talk to him. They didn't.

And now McDaniels is free to share all the "inside information" he's collected with New England as they try to stop Air Tebow.

This is a joke. Belichick doesn't need advice from the guy responsible for wrecking the Broncos from the inside. Not only that, the Pats' current offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien, is still with the team, and he will be on the sidelines calling plays just as he has been on 16 previous occasions this season.

After an impressive overtime win over the Steelers last week, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will face off against the New England Patriots on Saturday. Jason Horowitz and's Pat Kirwan have the preview. Watch the game on CBS at 8 PM ET. 

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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:42 pm

Report: McDaniels to sit in Pats coaching booth

The NFL needs to pass a rule forbidding coaches from switching teams until both teams end their seasons. Leave it to Belicheat to find this loophole. Even if McDaniels has no say in what the Patriots do against Denver, the appearance of impropriety is striking and disgusting.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:53 pm

Report: McDaniels to sit in Pats coaches booth

This is a joke. Belichick doesn't need advice from the guy responsible for wrecking the Broncos from the inside
Really? Isn't this basically McDaniel's team that Fox is winning with? They sure are McDaniel's players. One of the reasons he was fired was because he got rid of Cutler, who'd never had a winning season, Marshall, who looks aweful in Miami, and he drafted Tebow, who now is the next "All he does is win" quarterback.

People piled on Josh McDaniels because of the perception he had no clue what he was doing with personnel. Right now, those personnel are in the AFC Divisional playoff round and just finished beating what, most people thought, was the most complete team in the AFC. Apparently he was doing as bad a job as people thought. If he was, Fox would still be struggling with a crap team and there wouldn't be a debate about whether or not Tebow was worth the 1st round pick.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:53 pm

Report: McDaniels to sit in Pats coaches booth

When the Patriots win this game 38-10, I will not care what excuses Tebow fans come up with. Tebow turns into a pumkin at midnight. They will be going home and we'll be STAYING home to host the AFC Championship. 'Nuff said.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:51 pm

Report: McDaniels to sit in Pats coaches booth

I don't think McDaniels was re-hired because they need his info. I think he just got re-hired because BB really likes him. As arrogant of a jackass as he is to a lot of people, quite a few people really like him. That leads me to think that he is a straight shooter and a lot of the people that hate him are divas that don't like being called out on their flaws.

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