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Broncos Pull the Trigger and Make McDaniels Their Man

The Broncos have themselves a new coach, as the team has agreed to terms with Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.  The 32-year-old will take over for Mike Shanahan, who was fired in a surprise move on December 30th after a 14-year run and two Super Bowl titles.

McDaniels started as an assistant in the Pats scouting department and led the team to a record year last season as their offensive coordinator as he and the team set records across the board with Tom Brady throwing a record amount of TD’s and Randy Moss setting records catching them.

His stock continued to grow this season as the team lost Brady and had to turn to unknown QB Matt Cassel.  Even with Cassel, the team won 11 games, but missed the playoffs.  Just about every other team that has a coaching opening talked to McDaniels at one point or another, but the Broncos seemed to fall in love with him right away, and were quick to pull the trigger on hiring him.

The Broncos met with him once on January 4th, then had a longer second interview with him in the Boston area and made their decision to hire him shortly after that according to reports.  “Hopefully we can continue to improve. I’m hoping we can keep some of our offensive coaches, keep some of those guys around,” wide receiver Brandon Stokley told the AP on Sunday night. “I think we did a good job. Hopefully we can keep getting better and bring new ideas. We have a lot of young talent.”

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