Welcome back to New England, Josh McDaniels—it's only been what? Three or four years?
In those four seasons, some could argue that they were wasted years for McDaniels. He failed as the Denver Broncos head coach, as he posted an 11-17 record while also underachieving as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator, where his offense finished as the second worst in the NFL.
"It's good to have Josh on the staff. He's a person I've spent a lot of different time with, in a lot of different situations, and I have a lot of confidence in him. He's smart, has great experience and background, and he knows our system," Belichick told ESPN Boston.
McDaniels certainly knows New England's system, as the offense would not be as effective as it is today if it weren't for the efforts put in by McDaniels during his three years as the team's offensive coordinator.
McDaniels is best known for calling the plays during the team's record-breaking 16-0 regular season back in 2007, when the franchise shattered several NFL records, such as Tom Brady throwing for a league record 50 touchdown passes.
Brady definitely recalls the success that he had with McDaniels, as he brought it up in a weekly interview with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan:
I talked to Josh briefly but I really haven’t had a chance to sit down with him. He’s a great coach and we’re lucky to have him. I’m excited to get back to work with him. How that plays into this week, we’ll see. We’ll try to figure that out in the next five or six days.
McDaniels, Brady, Belichick and the current offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will certainly do their best the next couple of days to prepare for the Denver Broncos this Saturday night.
McDaniels likely won't have too much to do with the game-planning, as he'll probably just throw in his two cents here and there while refreshing his memory of the Patriots offense and how the offensive line has evolved with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez under O'Brien.
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