As head coach of the Patriots, Bill Belichick has seen a number of coaches from his staff move on to head coaching positions elsewhere. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will join that list on Monday when he is officially introduced as the Broncos’ next head coach, like Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini before him.
Despite the exclusive company, it’s difficult to imagine any of them getting higher praise than the 32-year-old McDaniel did from Belichick.
“Josh McDaniels is one of the finest people and brightest, most talented coaches I have ever worked with,” Belichick said. “Since joining us eight years ago, Josh performed a variety of roles and excelled in every one of them. Between his work on defense, in scouting, player evaluation and coordinating the offense, Josh is a very well-rounded coach whose outstanding body of work speaks for itself. He is the product of a pure football environment which is evident in his approach to the game. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we thank Josh for tremendous success in New England and congratulate him and the McDaniels family for this most deserving opportunity for advancement.”
High praise from high places.