The Patriots have moved quickly to replace Bill O'Brien, and will do so with a familiar face.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday that the Patriots will hire Josh McDaniels as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the playoffs, and he will likely be the team's offensive coordinator in 2012.
O'Brien was introduced Saturday morning as the new head coach at Penn State University, but he will remain with the team through the postseason.
McDaniels was a member of the Patriots' staff from 2001-2008, including holding the title of offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. He was the head coach of the Broncos in 2009 and most of 2010. He spent the 2011 season as the Rams' offensive coordinator.
The way we see it
Few coaches in the NFL have as much familiarity with the Patriots' offense, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as McDaniels, who had a wealth of success with the Pats' offense in his time in New England. By making the quick move, the Patriots ensure a quick transition for the offense moving forward.