New England Patriots Set to Meet with St. Louis Rams OC Josh McDaniels

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 7, 2012

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (right) and Josh McDaniels (center) with quarterback Tom Brady   against the New York Jets in  an NFL wild card playoff game Jan. 7, 2007 in Foxborough.  The Pats won 37 - 16. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Well, what a wasted three years it has been for Josh McDaniels.

As of right now, it certainly appears that the New England Patriots are set to welcome back their former offensive coordinator as they have been reportedly granted permission to speak with the current St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator.

As of now, and NBC Sports is reporting that the Patriots are scheduled to meet with McDaniels this weekend. 

With the Rams granting permission for the Patriots to openly speak with McDaniels, it certainly appears that the team will not stand in his way if he decides to move on back to New England and be reunited with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady

McDaniels spent from 2004 until 2008 with the Patriots as he was the offensive play-caller in most of those seasons while being ultimately promoted to offensive coordinator in 2006. In 2007, McDaniels called a record-breaking season as Brady set the NFL's single-season record with 50 touchdowns as the team completed a 16-0 regular season, but lost in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.

After his days with New England, McDaniels was named head coach of the Denver Broncos, but didn't last long as he posted a putrid 11-17 record in less than two seasons.

Following his firing by the Broncos, he was hired as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator. 

McDaniels and the Patriots are set to meet this weekend for their now vacant offensive coordinator position, as the team's current offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has accepted the job to be Penn State's next head coach. 

It's expected that O'Brien will remain on New England's staff until the end of the season, but the Patriots could certainly hire McDaniels if they want to—there is no NFL rule that prohibits that sort of transaction. 

How interesting would that be? The Patriots hiring McDaniels to possibly look on and get back into the groove of things and remember the "Patriot way."

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