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St. Louis hires McDaniels as O.C.

January 19, 2011

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— The St. Louis Rams hired former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old McDaniels replaces Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns as head coach last week.

“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. We think he is a great addition to our organization.”

The Rams scheduled news conferences today for Spagnuolo and McDaniels, the latter by telephone.

McDaniels parlayed success as an offensive coordinator with the New England 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.

Bradford, the top pick of the last draft, broke several of Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie records last season.

McDaniels was let go by the Broncos on Dec. 6, with four game left in the regular season and in the midst of the franchise’s worst slump in four decades. After winning his first six games of his rookie season, the Broncos lost 17 of the last 22, and the team also had several of issues off the field.

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

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