In Super Bowl XLII, it was the Giants' defense, which was coached by Steve Spagnuolo, that shut down the Patriots' high-scoring offense, which was coached by Josh McDaniels.
Nearly three years later, the two coaches are teaming up on the staff of the Rams.
McDaniels was hired today to be the offensive coordinator for St. Louis, where Spagnuolo is the head coach. The Rams were in need of a coordinator after Pat Shurmur was named head coach of the Browns last week. McDaniels had been the head coach of the Broncos for the past two seasons, but was fired on Dec. 6 after going 11-17 since being hired from the Patriots following the '08 season.
“We are happy to announce that Josh will be a part of our staff,” said Spagnuolo in a statement released by the club. “I’ve always recognized that he is one of the top offensive minds in the NFL. We think he is a great addition to our organization.”
The way we see it
The Rams have one of the league's top young quarterbacks in Sam Bradford, so bringing in a noted offensive mind is a smart choice for the club. McDaniels helped tutor Tom Brady, Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton during his stops in New England and Denver, and he should be able to help out Bradford in St. Louis.