ENGLEWOOD, CO -- The man who ran New England's high-scoring offense is taking over as coach of the Denver Broncos. Josh McDaniels is the man charged with revitalizing a team that failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.
The Patriots' 32-year-old offensive coordinator has agreed to a
four-year deal to replace Mike Shanahan.
Denver went 8-8 this season and became the first team in NFL
history to blow a three-game divisional lead with three weeks left.
Shanahan was fired 48 hours later, with three years and $21 million
left on his contract. Shanahan won two Super Bowls in his first
four seasons but won just one playoff game in the decade since John
McDaniels' credentials include guiding the record-setting
offense that led New England to 18 straight victories last season
before a stunning loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
That team scored an NFL-record 75 touchdowns and 589 points.
The new coach won't have as much power as Shanahan, who had
final authority on just about everything as vice president of
football operations. Broncos owner Pat Bowlen had said he'd begin
searching for a general manager after he hires his coach.
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