Report: Pats approach Rams about McDaniels

Report: Pats approach Rams about McDaniels
January 6, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Meet the new offensive coordinator, same as the old offensive coordinator?
Maybe.
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes a "well-placed league source" in reporting the Patriots are one of two teams -- Scott Pioli's Chiefs, to no one's surprise, is the other -- to approach the Rams about permission to speak to Josh McDaniels. (UPDATE: Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported Friday afternoon that the Rams have granted permission to both teams.) McDaniels was the Pats' offensive coordinator from 2006-08 (though it's assumed he was also the de-facto O.C. in 2005, the year after Charlie Weis left the post) before taking over as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2009. He was fired by the Broncos late in the 2010 season and spent this past year as offensive coordinator for the Rams.
St. Louis fired head coach Steve Spagnolo earlier this week, and a new coach would probably bring in a new staff . . . though it's also rumored that ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher, one of the contenders for the Rams' job, is interested in retaining McDaniels.