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Josh McDaniels
McDaniels at the 2009 Denver Broncos Fan Fair
Date of birth April 21, 1976 (1976-04-21) (age 33)
Place of birth Barberton, Ohio
Position(s) Head Coach
College John Carroll
Regular season 8-8-0
Postseason 0-0
Career record 8-8-0
Team(s) as a coach/administrator





Michigan State
(Graduate Assistant)
New England Patriots
(Personnel Assistant)
New England Patriots
(Defensive Coaching
New England Patriots
(Quarterbacks Coach)
New England Patriots
(Offensive Coordinator)
Denver Broncos
(Head Coach)

Josh McDaniels (born April 21, 1976 in Barberton, Ohio) is the American football head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots. At the time of his hiring, 33 year-old McDaniels was the youngest head coach in the NFL, although less than a week later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named the even-younger Raheem Morris as their head coach.[1]


Early years

Josh McDaniels is the son of Thom McDaniels (often described as a "legend" of Ohio high school football).[2] Attending his father's practices during his youth has been credited with inspiring McDaniels to enter coaching.

Playing career

Recruited out of Canton McKinley High School by Greg Debeljak, McDaniels attended John Carroll University, where he played football, primarily as a wide receiver, from 1995 to 1998.[2] Though a quarterback in high school, he was beaten at that position at John Carroll by Nick Caserio, who joined the Patriots staff in 2001 (the same year as McDaniels). His other teammates included London Fletcher, now a linebacker for the Washington Redskins, and Brian Polian, the special teams coach at [[Stanford}].

Coaching career



McDaniels began his coaching career as a senior graduate assistant at Michigan State University from 1999 to 2000 under Nick Saban, parlaying his dad's friendship with Saban.[3]


New England Patriots

McDaniels joined the Patriots in 2001 as a personal assistant. From 2002 to 2003, he served as a defensive coaching assistant for the team, working with the defensive backs in 2003. In 2004, he became the team's quarterbacks coach. McDaniels was with the New England Patriots for all three of their Super Bowl championships, Super Bowl XXXVI, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and Super Bowl XXXIX. After offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left the team following the 2004 season, the Patriots did not name an offensive coordinator for the 2005 season. According to The New York Times, in 2008, it was McDaniels who called the offensive plays for the 2005 season, although suggestions to that effect were made in 2005.[2][4] After the season, McDaniels was officially promoted to offensive coordinator, while retaining his responsibilities coaching the team's quarterbacks.

In the 2007 season, with McDaniels at the helm of the offense, the Patriots set NFL records, scoring 75 touchdowns (67 on offense, 50 passing and 17 rushing) and 589 points, leading to rumors that McDaniels might leave the Patriots for a head coaching job.[5] McDaniels withdrew his name from consideration, however, during the Patriots' January 2008 playoff run. Shortly after the Patriots' loss in Super Bowl XLII, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave McDaniels a five-page typed report on what it takes to be an effective head coach and run a winning organization, which McDaniels termed "his bible." Throughout the 2008 season, the two would meet to discuss the report and allow McDaniels to ask non-coaching questions that he brought to later head coaching interviews.[6]

In the 2008 season, McDaniels led the offense to an 11-5 record with quarterback Matt Cassel, after starter Tom Brady suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1.

Denver Broncos

On January 11, 2009, ESPN, citing two NFL sources, reported that the Denver Broncos had named McDaniels their head coach, replacing Mike Shanahan.[7] The Broncos introduced McDaniels, who agreed to sign a four-year, $8 million contract, as their head coach in a press conference one day later.[8][9]

McDaniels' tenure with the Broncos was marred early on by a controversy involving an alleged trade offer from the New England Patriots involving the team's Pro-Bowl quarterback, Jay Cutler. According to McDaniels on an appearance on ESPN's Outside The Lines he merely "listened to a phone call."

On March 9, 2009, according to ESPN, a conference call involving McDaniels, team owner Pat Bowlen and Cutler failed to resolve the issues. Cutler said he didn't trust McDaniels and the organization following the trade controversy.[10] On April 2, 2009, the Broncos traded Cutler and a 2009 fifth-round draft pick to the Chicago Bears for quarterback Kyle Orton, first- and third-round picks in 2009 and a first-round pick in 2010.

On October 11, 2009, McDaniels and the Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-17 in overtime. It was the first win over his former team and former mentor Bill Belichick. The Broncos improved their record to 6-0 by beating the San Diego Chargers on October 19th, prior to suffering four straight defeats.

On November 22, 2009, several San Diego Charger linebackers alleged that McDaniels "trash talked" prior to the Week 11 game in Denver. During pregame warm ups the Charger linebackers said McDaniel told them, "We own you". McDaniels said, "They talked to me first, . . , I'm not making a story about this. If I did, I'd be able to tell you some things that aren't (fit) for papers." "I'm not surprised," One linebacker, Shaun Phillips said of the incident, "He's a little cocky . . . But to say he owns us? I mean, you beat us one time. What has he really done in this league? He had a team 6-0, and now he's looking up at us from second place."[11] McDaniels had a different version of what actually occurred. He said, "I was two or three steps out of the tunnel when Shaun Phillips raced up to me with his helmet off and said, 'I'll kick your [expletive] ass, too,' . . . I wasn't out there trash-talking their players . . . I didn't swear at him or threaten him. What I actually said was, 'I've heard the same thing from you for four or five years now, and when I was in New England, we owned you.'"[12] Regardless of what was or wasn't said, the ensuing game continued a four-game slide by the Broncos as they were torched 32-3 by the Chargers.

During the Thanksgiving game against the New York Giants, on November 26, 2009, a charged-up McDaniels screamed at his offensive line, who had just committed three false starts in the Giants' red zone. "All we're trying to do is win a motherf*cking game!" It was broadcasted on the NFL Network as a recorded clip after announcer Bob Papa introduced the segment by saying, "Not happy times for Josh McDaniels..." After hearing the audio, Papa uncomfortably stated that McDaniels is "livid" with his team. Following a commercial break, Papa offered a sincere apology for the inappropriate audio. The Broncos responded by beating the Giants 26-6.

Despite the win and a 44-13 rout in Kansas City the following week the Broncos were collapsing, losing three straight; a last-minute touchdown sparked a 20-19 home loss to the Raiders while a last-second field goal sealed a 30-27 loss in Philadelphia. In the last game of the 2009 season, McDaniels and the Broncos still had a potential playoff berth on the line, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 44-24, Denver's third straight home loss to a division foe. Controversy surrounded McDaniels for his benching of star receiver Brandon Marshall for the game, viewed by some as a crucial mistake resulting in missing out on post season contention.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DEN 2009 8 8 0 0.500 2nd in the AFC West - - - -
DEN Total 8 8 0 0.500 - - - -
Total[13] 8 8 0 0.500 - - - -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Josh McDaniels has served:

Assistant coaches under Josh McDaniels who became NFL head coaches:

  • None

Assistant coaches under Josh McDaniels who became NCAA head coaches:

  • None


  1. ^ Youngest NFL Coaches (Modern Era)
  2. ^ a b c Battista, Judy (2008-01-30). "Coach Follows Dream to Football's Summit". New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Merrill, Elizabeth (April 29, 2009). "Josh McDaniels, the new coach of the Denver Broncos, has a definite Patriots way about him". 
  4. ^ McDaniels role in focus Reiss' Pieces. Accessed 29 September 2007.
  5. ^ Pats assistant Josh McDaniels likely to be candidate for head coaching jobs New York Daily News. Accessed 6 September 2008.
  6. ^ Trotter, Jim (2009-10-07). "McDaniels takes Belichick's lessons into Sunday showdown with Pats". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Sources: Broncos to hire McDaniels". 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  8. ^ "Broncos to Introduce McDaniels". 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  9. ^ Gasper, Christopher (2009-01-13). "McDaniels takes reins of Broncos". Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Source: Jay Cutler's situation with Denver Broncos worsens". ESPN. 
  11. ^ Acee, Kevin (2009-11-23). "McDaniels' trash talk laid to waste". San Diego Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  12. ^ Florio, Mike (2009-11-29). "McDaniels tells his side of the "we own you" story". Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  13. ^ Josh McDaniels Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Charlie Weis
New England Patriots Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mike Shanahan
Denver Broncos Head Coaches
Succeeded by


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