New England Patriots: Josh McDaniels Is Not a Good Head Coaching Candidate

By philipalexander
Josh McDaniels
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Apparently Josh McDaniels is reportedly drawing interest as a head coaching candidate. This interest is mostly coming from Cleveland Browns general manager Mike Lombardi. The GM must be delusional if he thinks that McDaniels is a legitimate candidate.

Second chances only happen in the NFL if there is a past record of success. Head coaches like Jeff Fisher, Andy Reid and (soon to be) Lovie Smith have gotten or are getting second chances because they had good track records at their previous stops.

That is not the case with McDaniels. He was terrible in his stint with the Denver Broncos, so much so that he failed to even last two full seasons. McDaniels’ biggest mistake was drafting Tim Tebow in the first round, yet refusing to start him.

Then McDaniels became the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. Many people thought that Sam Bradford would break out under McDaniels’ tutelage, but that was not the case. At that point, McDaniels had failed as a both a head coach and offensive coordinator at other places besides New England.

Realizing that he was inept at any other place besides New England, McDaniels made a good career move by returning as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots in 2012. He oversaw a great offense, but that was mostly because Tom Brady was at the helm. McDaniels’ 2012 season was littered with some bad decisions, like initially playing Julian Edelman more than Wes Welker and calling runs in odd situations.

Now we move onto the 2013 season. McDaniels has once again made some odd decisions, like playing more than one slot receiver at a time and stunting Aaron Dobson‘s growth by benching the rookie wide receiver at times.

It is questionable decisions like these that makes McDaniels a terrible head coaching candidate. He has failed at that before, and has not been a successful offensive coordinator anywhere but in New England. Lombardi would be better off looking elsewhere.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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