Josh McDaniels is coming home and it couldn’t be at a better time. Bill O'Brien accepted the Penn state position and surely he’s going to have some distractions. However, we have wondered about the game plans in the playoffs the past two years, and now the Patriots have one of the bright young minds back in the fold.
O'Brien has done a good job, but there is no denying that McDaniels understands the New England offense better than anyone, and that's because he worked to turn it to a spread offense with Bill Belichick in 2007. Having McDaniels gives an extra eye and something that could be a key factor.
McDaniels will most likely work with the wide receivers, something he knows a lot about. He actually wrote the skill criteria used to evaluate wide receivers that the Patriots still use today. Who could benefit from this? Chad Ochocinco, that’s who, as he will now have personal attention with the man who drew up the routes and terminology Johnson struggles with.