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The Denver Broncos introduced former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach yesterday. That now makes three members of Pats head coach Bill Belichick’s staff that has been hired away to head coaching vacancies (Romeo Crennel with the Browns and Eric Mangini with the Jets) since 2000. Amidst an historic, undefeated regular season last year, coach McDaniels turned away any and all head coaching opportunities, but he’s confident this is his right time:
“I’ve spent a lot of time and preparation over the last year getting myself more ready to go in case this opportunity did present itself again. I just feel like the timing is right. I’ve had an opportunity to experience a lot of things. This year was certainly a different experience for me the way our season went, and I think that better prepared me to go into this next step of my career. This year the timing is right, and I’m thrilled to be here in Denver.”
I believe Coach McDaniels will do well in Denver. He doesn’t have a Tom Brady or a Randy Moss to make the transition that much easier, but he will work closely with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall to produce a reasonable facsimile. The Broncos, of course, hope coach McDaniels will bring the same immediate success rookie head coaches John Harbaugh (Ravens) and Mike Smith (Falcons) enjoyed this season. If that recent trend is any indication, the Broncos should find themselves in the playoffs sooner than later.