When Josh McDaniels became the Broncos’ new head coach in 2009, the then 33-year-old became the youngest head coach in the NFL — only to be supplanted by 32-year-old Raheem Morris a week later.
McDaniels was heralded for his offensive ingenuity with the Patriots, guiding the NFL’s all-time highest-scoring offense, and was seen as a coach on the rise. Even with all the praise and accolades, though, many thought he wasn’t yet ready to manage his own team — and it turns out he wasn’t.
McDaniels went just 11-17 during his first head coaching stint and didn’t make it through two full seasons in Denver before being fired. Now, after a rebirth in New England this year, the now 36-year-old McDaniels is a hot commodity on the coaching market once again. Only this time, he’d be smart to avoid the circus all together.
In his first season back in New England, McDaniels was a major factor in returning the Patriots’ offense to their place atop the NFL. His role in orchestrating that league-best a...