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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels

Currently – offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach New England Patriots

McDaniels is an interesting candidate. He has the backing of Bill Belichick and is the OC for one of the most productive offenses in the league. Consistently in the league. He began his career with the Patriots in 2001 as personnel assistant and then as a defensive coach in 2002 before coaching QB’s in 2004. He became the OC in 2006 and held the position until 2008. The Patriots were consistently one of the highest scoring teams in the league through those years.

In 2009 McDaniels left for the Denver Broncos to become their head coach. He held the position from 2009-2010. McDaniels time as a head coach was mired in controversy. Prior to the start of his first season trade rumors surrounding Jay Cutler left the player in distrust. The team would trade him to Chicago. In 2010 the Broncos fell flat and with the Broncos 3-9 McDaniels was fired.

The firing of McDaniels came on the heels of an NFL investigation into a videotaping incident by one of McDaniels hires. The NFL determined that McDaniels did not view the tape of the 49’ers walk through practice but he didn’t report it immediately either. The NFL fined both the Broncos and McDaniels $50,000 and the assistant was fired. McDaniel was shortly after as well.

McDaniels would coach the Rams as offensive coordinator in 2011 but would return to New England in 2012. Are teams ready to give him another shot? Is the offense in New England his or Belichicks?

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