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Josh McDaniels failed as a head coach because he was hired too soon.
He rubbed some people the wrong way and did things that hurt his opinion with the fans. There was lots of trading of draft picks that didn't amount to much.
He also received heat for trading away Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn after Hillis was blowing up this season, though no one complained about it when it happened. That said, he sure didn't fail because of his ability as an offensive coordinator.
The Broncos' loss is going to be the Rams' gain here. McDaniels has proven to be great with quarterbacks. In New England, he helped develop Matt Cassel when Brady was out for the year in 2008.
When he got to Denver, McDaniels traded away Jay Cutler and received a pair of first round picks along with Kyle Orton in return. Josh got the best out of Orton, getting him to post career bests in yardage and touchdowns in his first season in Denver.
Orton was on pace to eclipse those career bests this year when a rib injury led to the Broncos starting quarterback of the future, Tim Tebow. Tebow looked great in the three games that he started, showing the same will to win that worked in college carried to the pro game.
Tebow was available for the Broncos to draft because of the flexibility that Chicago's extra first-round pick provided them in the 2010 Draft. Unfortunately, McDaniels had already been fired and wasn't there to get credit.
The Rams and McDaniels are a great match for each other. For McDaniels, seeing how a different head coach than Belicheck runs a team should help make him a more rounded coaching candidate.
For the Rams, they already have a proven young quarterback on the team and McDaniels should do wonders for his development. Expect the Rams offense to be much more open next year and start to look similar to that of the Patriots.
Sam Bradford's strength his his ability to spread the ball around, just like Brady. Bradford threw for over 3,500 yards last year without having a single 1,000-yard receiver. Steven Jackson is Green-Ellis and Woodhead rolled into one guy who can both grind out yards as a power back and still be a great receiver.
You also can't sleep on Danny Amendola, who is Wes Welker-Lite. With McDaniels in place, I expect to see Bradford break 4,000 yards next year and for the Rams offense to be elite by 2012...If McDaniels hasn't been hired elsewhere already.