Shortly after his former team, the Broncos, won their playoff game, Josh McDaniels was officially named an offensive assistant for Denver's opponent next week — the Patriots.
McDaniels, as reported on Saturday, will join the Patriots as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the 2011 season. It is expected that McDaniels will take over as the team's offensive coordinator in 2012 for Bill O'Brien, who was named Penn State's head coach on Saturday. O'Brien will coach the Pats through the postseason.
McDaniels was with the Patriots' staff from 2001-2008 and was the team's offensive coordinator from 2006-2008. He was the Broncos' head coach in 2009 and most of 2010. He spent the 2011 season as the Rams' offensive coordinator.
The way we see it
Hiring McDaniels allows the Patriots an easy transition on the offensive side of the ball, as few coaches, if any, know the Pats' offense with Tom Brady better than McDaniels.
The subplot of the hiring, and timing, is the fact that McDaniels also knows the Patriots' playoff opponent pretty well. It was McDaniels who drafted QB Tim Tebow, and he should be pretty familiar with Denver's personnel.