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Why Josh McDaniels Replacing Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer Would Be Pure Disaster

DENVER - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos celebrates a touchdown by Knowshon Moreno with wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 against the St. Louis Rams at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Rams defeated the Broncos 36-33. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJanuary 1, 2012

Today, a report from Chris Mortensen surfaced that claimed the New York Jets will attempt to hire former Denver Broncos head coach and current St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to run the team's offense. 

While I'm not saying the Jets should retain current offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, hiring McDaniels and adding his personality to a staff run by Rex Ryan could be a complete disaster. 

After being run out of town in Denver following two disastrous seasons, McDaniels was brought on in St. Louis, and his defenders claimed he would be able to turn around the Rams offense. That hasn't happened.

While the Rams have suffered several key injuries, including those to second-year quarterback Sam Bradford and Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson, the team's offense has been horrendous. Entering Week 17, the Rams rank 31st in the NFL in total offense, averaging a dismal 281.7 yards per game. St. Louis also ranks 30th in passing yards (178.0 yards per game) and 23rd in rushing yards (103.7 yards per game). 

McDaniels was even listed as one of the league's biggest underachievers by Don Banks earlier in the year.

Again, while Schottenheimer hasn't been great this season and his play-calling certainly deserves to be questioned, McDaniels wouldn't be the answer for the Jets.

With the Broncos, McDaniels' relationships with several key players soured quickly and led to the trades of Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler. McDaniels also essentially let defensive coordinator Mike Nolan leave without even trying to retain him, which was a huge mistake.

Bringing in McDaniels would be a huge mistake for the Jets. They need may need a better offensive mind, but they don't need someone with the baggage McDaniels would arrive with.

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