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Will McDaniels cure what ails the Rams?

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) By Elaine Thompson St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) By Elaine Thompson
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford throws during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in St. Louis. The Rams won 25-17. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford throws during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in St. Louis. The Rams won 25-17. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

(KMOV)-- Reaction was almost unanimously positive to the Rams signing Josh McDaniels as their new offensive coordinator. Based on what we saw at times this past season, and especially in the final game against Seattle, any kind of change in the offense would be a positive step. But the McDaniels hire does raise some questions. If he was the reason why the Patriots were so good while he was in New England, why do the Patriots continue to be wildly successful now that he's gone. We heard about the genous of other Patriots assistants, like Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis. Neither of those guys has done much since leaving New England. Maybe, just maybe, the key there is Bill Belichick and not his assistant coaches.

McDaniels was a disaster as a head coach in Denver. Couldn't have done much worse actually, running off people like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Peyton Hillis. Can you really be a great offensive mind and not recognize talent in guys like Cutler, Marshall and Hillis. In two short years he took the Broncos to the bottom of the NFL, and had most fans in Denver hating his guts. He was also involved in a cheating scandal "spygate 2". For that performance in Denver, he was awarded with a new job as offensive coordinator in St. Louis. On top of that, Dick Curl, who did such a good job coaching Sam Bradford in his rookie season, has "retired". I put that in quotes because who knows if he really retired, or was told to leave? It seems pretty convenient that McDaniels' younger brother also happens to be a quarterback coach. At the news conference announcing McDaniels hire Steve Spagnuolo said the subject of hiring McDaniels' younger brother hadn't come up. Sure it hadn't. I think I'd bet a thousand dollars that McDaniels younger brother will be named the next Rams quarterback coach in the coming days. How convenient that Dick Curl "retired" right on cue.

 
Hiring McDaniels seems to be a little out of character for Spagnuolo, who typically hires people he knows very well and has worked with in the past. McDaniels doesn't fit that requirement. But Spagnuolo's job will be on the line in 2011. Right now his head coaching record is 8-and-24. He's beaten exactly one team with a winning record in two years (San Diego). If he has another sub .500 season, I'm guessing it'll be his last as the Rams head coach. Spags probably understands that, so he figures he had better get the best offensive coordinator he can... even if that person never worked with Spagnuolo with the Eagles or Giants. Of course the big question is whether McDaniels can successfully turn the Rams dreadfully conservative offense into a unit that can produce points consistently. He was able to put points on the board in New England with Tom Brady and Matt Cassell at quarterback, and Kyle Orton had a good year under McDaniels in Denver. Let's see what he can do with Bradford.

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