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    Sources: Broncos to hire McDaniels

    Sources: Denver Broncos to make Josh McDaniels new coach

    The Denver Broncos have reached agreement to name New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels their new head coach, team sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen on Sunday.

    McDaniels, 32, replaces Mike Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after 14 years on the job. The team is expected to announce the deal on Monday.

    Broncos owner Pat Bowlen sent COO Joe Ellis to Boston Thursday for a lengthy second interview with McDaniels, who, according to sources, was one of two finalists along with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

    McDaniels becomes the third member of Belichick's coaching staff to be named an NFL head coach in recent years, following Romeo Crennel, who took over Cleveland in 2005 and was fired after this past season, and Eric Mangini, who went to the Jets in 2006. Mangini was also fired after this season and has since been named to replace Crennel in Cleveland.

    McDaniels has worked in the NFL for eight seasons, all with New England. He joined the Patriots on March 1, 2001 as a personnel assistant in the scouting department and assisted the defensive coaching staff for three seasons. He began serving as the Patriots' quarterbacks coach in 2004 and was named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach on Jan. 20, 2006.

    McDaniels began his coaching career in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, working under head coach Nick Saban.

    Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN.

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    Re: Sources: Broncos to hire McDaniels

    thats good news for the Rams IMO!

    just need the Jets to pick someone we dont want now..

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    Re: Sources: Broncos to hire McDaniels

    Broncos hire Pats coordintor McDaniels as coach
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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have hired Mike Shanahan version 2.0 — another bright, young offensive mind.

    Josh McDaniels, the Patriots' offensive coordinator, has agreed to become the Broncos' next coach, the team confirmed late Sunday night. The 32-year-old takes over for Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after 14 seasons with three years and $21 million left on his contract.

    McDaniels is known for his creative play calling and game plans — just like Shanahan when he took over the team in 1995 at the age of 42.

    Shanahan, referred to as "The Mastermind," led the Broncos to Super Bowl crowns in 1997 and '98, but the team tumbled into mediocrity, winning just one playoff game in the decade since John Elway retired.

    Denver went 8-8 this season and became the first team in NFL history to blow a three-game divisional lead with three weeks left, and Shanahan was fired 48 hours later.

    McDaniels' stock has been soaring with the Patriots, where he's quickly ascended from personnel assistant in the scouting department to offensive coordinator for Bill Belichick.

    Last season, under McDaniels' tutelage, Tom Brady threw for a record 50 touchdowns as the team went undefeated in the regular season before falling to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

    McDaniels' reputation took on more luster when the Patriots lost Brady to a knee injury in the opener and Matt Cassel — a quarterback who hadn't started a game since high school — came on to lead the Patriots to an 11-5 record.

    The cupboard won't be all that bare for McDaniels as he inherits a high-octane offense led by third-year quarterback Jay Cutler, who set several offensive team records in earning his first Pro Bowl nod in 2008.

    However, McDaniels will be receiving a dismal defense in need of yet another overhaul.

    That's why it was believed a defensive mind might have the inside track to the job, someone like the Giants' Steve Spagnuolo or the Vikings' Leslie Frazier.

    The other candidates for Shanahan's job were Raheem Morris of Tampa Bay, Rick Dennison of Denver, Jason Garrett of Dallas and Todd Bowles of Miami.

    The new coach won't have as much power as Shanahan, who had final authority on just about everything as vice president of football operations. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said he'll begin searching for a general manager after he hires his coach.

    Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley was simultaneously watching an episode of "The Wire" on his DVD player and ESPN when the news scrolled across the bottom of his television Sunday night.

    He's a bit shocked the Broncos suddenly have a new coach. He figured it would be later this week — at the earliest.

    "It's going to be interesting to see what happens," Stokley said. "I hope we can keep some of our offensive coaches and keep the continuity that we built last year."

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    Re: Sources: Broncos to hire McDaniels


    I didn't want a 32 year old HC.

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    Re: Sources: Broncos to hire McDaniels

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post

    I didn't want a 32 year old HC.
    Answer: 6

    Question: How many Broncos are the same age or older than their head coach?

    (The answer would have been "10" had the Rams hired him.)
    Last edited by HUbison; -01-12-2009 at 01:19 PM.

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