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Josh McDaniels

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
18 202-91-0 68.94% 27-8 77.14%

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Early Career

At the conclusion of McDaniels’ college playing career for John Carroll University, McDaniels spent two seasons coaching college. McDaniel’s father, Thom, is one of the most respected high school coaches in the nation, and McDaniels was able to use his father’s friendship with then-Michigan State coach Nick Saban to receive a spot on Saban’s coaching staff. McDaniels spent two seasons coaching for Michigan State, one season for Saban and one season for Bobby Williams. At the conclusion of the 2000 season, McDaniels was hired by the New England Patriots, coached by Saban’s mentor Bill Belichick.

New England Patriots

In 2000, McDaniels worked as a personnel assistant for the scouting department for the Patriots. In this role, he helped breakdown film and complete scouting reports for the defensive staff. After one season in the scouting department, McDaniels role with the team changed to defensive staff assistant. After working with the defensive staff for his first three seasons, McDaniels returned to the offensive side of the ball where he spent his college career.

In 2004, McDaniels was promoted to coaching the quarterbacks. By the time McDaniels was the quarterbacks coach, Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback, had already established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the league, but under McDaniels took his career to new heights. In the first four seasons of working with McDaniels, Brady had his four best statistical years in his career.

In 2006, McDaniels added offensive coordinator to his coaching duties. After a record breaking 2007 season, in which Brady threw for a record 50 touchdowns and the team went 18-1, many expected McDaniels to take a head coaching position somewhere. However, he returned for one more season. In 2008, he had the difficult task of keeping the offense going after Brady tore his ACL in Week 1. Filling in for Brady was Matt Cassel, a former 7th round pick who hadn’t started a game since high school. However, without Brady, the team still achieved a 11-5 record, but fell short of the playoffs.

Denver Broncos

After the 2008 season, McDaniels replaced the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Denver Broncos. When he was hired, McDaniels was the youngest head coach in any of the major North American Sports, and the fifth youngest in NFL history. He started to instantly make over the roster as he attempted to trade for Cassel. This move upset the incumbent quarterback Jay Cutler, who then requested a trade. When no deal happened to get Cassel, Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears for quarterback Kyle Orton and draft picks.

The Broncos surprised many in 2009 by starting 6-0 behind McDaniels and Orton. However, the team struggled later in the season to finish with an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs. In the upcoming draft, McDaniels drafted quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida, a move that was highly questioned at the time. In the same offseason, the second major trade of McDaniels tenure occured. This time, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, was trade to the Miami Dolphins for two second round draft picks. The 2010 season was worse than the previous season, as the team struggled early and never find its step. The team fired McDaniels with four games to go with the team at a 3-9 record.

St. Louis Rams

In 2011, McDaniels was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, recently vacated by new Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur. The Rams were coming off a respectable 2010 season when quarterback Sam Bradford was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. However, the team struggled to a 2-14 season as a result of injuries. At the end of 2011, the Rams fired many coaches and front office personnel. McDaniels, now released from his contract, returned to coaching the Patriots during their playoff run.

Return to the Patriots

After leaving the Rams, he returned as an offensive assistant for the playoff bound Patriots. The season ended in disappointment for the Patriots, fell short of a Super Bowl victory. After offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien left the team to take the head coaching position with Penn State, McDaniels was promoted to his old position of Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach. Over the next six seasons, the Patriots averaged more than 12 wins a season with an AFC East championship each season. The Patriots also won the Super Bowl following the 2014 and 2016 seasons.

The 2016 season featured McDaniels most difficult coaching situation of his career. Starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season, forcing untested backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to start the season. However, Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury in the second game and rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett started the next two games until Brady returned. Despite the setbacks to his quarterback platoon, McDaniels’ quarterbacks set the record for most passing attempts to start a season without an interception (251).

Last modified: 2/4/2018


Year Position Record Playoff record
2018 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 3-2-0 0-0
2017 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 13-3-0 2-1
2016 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2015 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2014 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 12-4-0 3-0
2013 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2012 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 12-4-0 1-1
2011 New England Patriots Offensive Assistant Coach / Offensive Coordinator 15-17-0 2-1
2010 Denver Broncos Head Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2009 Denver Broncos Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2008 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 11-5-0 0-0
2007 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 16-0-0 2-1
2006 New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 12-4-0 2-1
2005 New England Patriots Quarterbacks Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2004 New England Patriots Quarterbacks Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2003 New England Patriots Defensive Assistant Coach 14-2-0 3-0
2002 New England Patriots Defensive Assistant Coach 9-7-0 0-0
2001 New England Patriots Personnel Assistant 11-5-0 3-0

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