By Phillip Duncan –
Josh McDaniels has spent 18 of the last 21 years in the NFL with the New England Patriots, with the other three years as head coach of the Broncos and the offensive coordinator of the then St. Louis Rams.
Over the years, McDaniels has had many opportunities to pack up and leave New England but he continued to stay and became a vital part of the Belichick system.
With New England, McDaniels worked with quarterback Tom Brady, helped to guide the Patriots’ offense to eight top-10 rankings and six Super Bowl championships, including three with him as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Now, a new chapter begins and McDaniels a quality coach with some positives will become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, a team looking to rebuild it’s brand after the forced resignation of coach Jon Gruden, the firing of general manager Mike Mayock and the release of wide receiver Henry Ruggs, who faces DUI charges following a Nov. 2 crash that left 23-year-old Tina Tintor dead.
No longer in the Bill Belichick system, McDaniels will now be able to establish his own brand of leadership and though there are many skeptical, there are also many hopeful. In his first year, McDaniels will need players to buy into his system and philosophy. If he can’t be successful with that, he won’t be successful at all.
The big question now, who does New England go out and get that has the same offensive planning skills that McDaniels had?
Some good candidates for New England would include Chad O’Shea, Browns Passing Game Coordinator/WRs Coach and Luke Getsy, Packers Passing Game Coordinator/QB Coach.