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McDaniels lands with the Rams

He’ll be the team’s offensive coordinator

Josh McDaniels is again an offensive coordinator, with the Rams. Josh McDaniels is again an offensive coordinator, with the Rams. (File/Stephan Savoia/Ap)
Associated Press / January 19, 2011

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The Rams hired former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator yesterday.

McDaniels, 34, replaces Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Browns as coach earlier this month.

“We are happy to announce that Josh will be a part of our staff,’’ coach Steve Spagnuolo said in a statement. “I’ve always recognized that he is one of the top offensive minds in the NFL.’’

McDaniels parlayed success as an offensive coordinator with the Patriots into his first head coaching job and at age 32 was the NFL’s youngest coach in 2009. He favors the spread offense, run by quarterback Sam Bradford in college.

McDaniels was let go by the Broncos Dec. 6, with four games left in the regular season and in the midst of the franchise’s worst slump in four decades. After winning his first six games, the Broncos lost 17 of the last 22.

McDaniels also was fined $50,000 by the NFL after a videographer violated league rules by videotaping a 49ers practice in London in October.

Vikings nab Singletary Ex-San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary is joining former teammate Leslie Frazier’s staff with the Vikings. Singletary will be the linebackers coach and assistant head coach under Frazier, who was named head man two weeks ago. Singletary was 18-22 in two-plus seasons in charge of the 49ers, who fired him last month. Singletary, a linebacker, and Frazier, a cornerback, were part of the dominant defense that led the Bears to a Super Bowl title after the 1985 season . . . The Ravens promoted secondary coach Chuck Pagano to defensive coordinator, replacing Greg Mattison, who was hired to be the University of Michigan’s defensive coordinator under new coach Brady Hoke . . . One week after hiring Ron Rivera as their coach, the Panthers added another former Chargers assistant coach to run their offense. They announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who worked as the tight ends and assistant head coach for the Chargers’ No. 1-ranked offense in the NFL last season.

Seahawks make moves Jeremy Bates was fired as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator, ending a rocky one-year return to the NFL for Bates during which Seattle ranked among the worst offenses in the NFL. The Seahawks hired former Raiders coach Tom Cable as their assistant head coach/offensive line and Todd Wash as defensive line coach. Cable was let go by the Raiders at the end of the season after going 8-8 . . . Hue Jackson officially began his career as Raiders coach vowing to take the team back to the playoffs. Jackson was introduced at a news conference by owner Al Davis, who said he fined Cable $120,000 because of the strain on the organization from lawsuits involving Cable assaulting a former assistant coach and a former girlfriend. Cable has filed a grievance with the NFL to recover the lost wages.

Colts ditch Huey The Colts parted ways with Gene Huey, who had worked a franchise-record 304 games as an assistant coach. Coach Jim Caldwell decided to make the move after the team finished near the bottom of the NFL in rushing the last three years. Meanwhile, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, said he thought something would get done on a new contract for the four-time MVP, “but it’s hard to predict when.’’ . . . Chad Pennington has decided to try another comeback. The 34-year-old quarterback lasted only two plays this season with the Dolphins, then underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder for the fourth time . . . The Bears signed ex-Patriots backup QB Matt Gutierrez to a futures contract.

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