Black Monday in the NFL came and went yesterday, and among the teams firing their head coaches were the St. Louis Rams. Former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spent this past season serving in that role with the Rams under now former head coach Steve Spagnuolo. While most of the coaching staff is gone, McDaniels has one more year left on his contract and was not fired. QB Sam Bradford said that he would like McDaniels to remain in St. Louis.
McDaniels’ future with the Rams is anything but certain. While he has yet to be fired, he could very well be the next to go depending on who the new general manager and head coach are. If Josh McDaniels is eventually fired, his future could lead him back to his old stomping grounds in New England.
The Patriots’ current offensive coordinator has been rumored to be a head coaching candidate for some of the vacant positions. Last week, he was rumored to be the leading candidate to take over at Penn State, but he is no longer in the running for the job. Last night, it was reported that O’Brien will be interviewing with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their head coaching position. If he were to get that job or one of the other head coaching jobs in the NFL, that would leave a big vacancy at offensive coordinator for the Pats.
Josh McDaniels would be the most natural fit for that position and would allow the team to keep continuity with the offense. After McDaniels left, it took some time for O’Brien to grow into the job. Bringing McDaniels back would not allow that void to open up again. Yesterday on NFL Network, several analysts mentioned that Josh McDaniels would most likely be back in New England next season. Even if O’Brien stays, McDaniels could return in his old role as quarterbacks coach and could also become assistant head coach.
Bringing McDaniels back seems like a done deal and a positive for the team. What do you think?