Could Josh McDaniels Return to the New England Patriots in 2012?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 6, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 1: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels of the St. Louis Rams reads his play chart against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on January 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 34-27.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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In  2007 the New England Patriots produced one of the most dominating offensive performances in NFL history. The '07 Patriots broke numerous records, including Tom Brady's remarkable 50 touchdown passes as well as Randy Moss' single season record of 23 touchdown receptions.

All of those accolades were accomplished under the watch and playcalling of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

McDaniels, who left the Patriots in 2009 to take the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos, is now the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator and could be on his way back to New England to replace the recently departed Bill O'Brien, who will take the head coaching job at Penn State.

Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting that the New England Patriots have been granted permission by the St. Louis Rams to speak with McDaniels.

Only one can assume that Bill Belichick would be definitely interested in the idea of having McDaniels return to Foxboro, not only because he's the best possible option but how the Brady and the offense flourished under his playcalling. 

As of right now, McDaniels is the only coach who is under contract with St. Louis, so his future with the Rams is certainly unclear.

I assume that McDaniels will be a hot candidate this offseason for potential head coaching jobs, especially with the Kansas City Chiefs—a franchise that is run by former Patriots executive Scott Pioli. 

There have been no further reports regarding McDaniels and the Patriots—and I assume that nothing concrete will happen as Belichick and the Patriots are currently on their own journey, a journey to win Super Bowl XLVI. 


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