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Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese isn't expected back in 2013.
Reese, 64, spent the past four seasons in New England after spending 21 years with the Titans, and as the general manager for the final 13. Reese joined the Patriots when Scott Pioli left for Kansas City. His primary role was representing the team in contract talks, though he didn't have authority on the negotiations. Sun, Jan 20, 2013 08:34:00 AM
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Coach Bill Belichick announced Monday that ex-Chiefs OC Brian Daboll is re-joining the Patriots' coaching staff, similar to the Josh McDaniels addition last January.

Daboll worked as Pats WRs coach from 2000-2006 before running the offenses in Cleveland, Miami, and Kansas City. His addition is a bit of a surprise for two reasons. Daboll followed Eric Mangini to the Jets in a rivalry that became hostile during the Spygate years. He was also said to be miffed that Belichick promoted the younger and less experienced McDaniels to coordinator ahead of him when Charlie Weis left for Notre Dame in 2005.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has decided not to interview for head coaching jobs.

McDaniels would reportedly like to coach again one day, but has decided to remain loyal to the organization that provided him with a soft landing after he went down in flames as the Broncos' head coach and lasted just one season as the Rams' offensive coordinator. Perhaps he fancies himself as Bill Belichick's eventual successor.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 04:06:00 PM

An NFL source tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer Patriots OC Josh McDaniels would "jump at the chance to coach the Browns."

It's pure speculation since the Browns have yet to finalize their front-office power structure under new owner Jimmy Haslam, but is an indication McDaniels won't wait around to replace Bill Belichick in New England. McDaniels went down in flames in Denver, but remains well regarded around the league. It's likely a matter of when, not if, he gets another head coaching job.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 03:39:00 PM

Patriots TEs coach Brian Ferentz has left to become the OL coach at the University of Iowa.

Ferentz is the son of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. A Patriots' assistant since 2009, Ferentz was considered integral in the development of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. His departure shouldn't have a noticeable effect on New England's dynamic tight end duo.
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 11:36:00 AM

Patriots named Josh McDaniels offensive coordinator.

He succeeds Bill O'Brien, who left for Penn State. McDaniels was New England's offensive coordinator in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2008, he oversaw a unit that lost Tom Brady to a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 yet still finished fifth in the NFL in total offense. McDaniels' 2007 offense finished first in overall offense and first in passing. McDaniels has placed an emphasis on utilizing a vertical passing game, specifically with Randy Moss and Brandon Lloyd as big-time and heavily targeted vertical threats. We suspect he will push for the addition of a true No. 1 wideout this offseason.
Mon, Feb 6, 2012 03:39:00 PM

Josh McDaniels has reached a deal to be the Patriots' offensive coordinator in 2012.

McDaniels is acting as an offensive assistant for the team during its playoff run. Next season, he'll replace new Penn State coach Bill O'Brien as the coordinator. McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator in 2007 when Tom Brady set a league record with 50 touchdown passes and the team went 16-0.
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 08:59:00 AM

According to a "league source," Josh McDaniels' duties with the Patriots will "mostly entail watching film" until OC Bill O'Brien officially leaves for Penn State.

McDaniels' mid-postseason hiring has caused a stir, but it sounds like the Patriots will do their best to keep him from stepping on O'Brien's toes. The Boston Globe believes McDaniels' eventual "title and responsibilities" will likely be "more than just coordinator." There's been speculation the Pats are bringing McDaniels back to be their head coach-in-waiting, but the Globe hasn't heard anything to confirm such talk.
Sun, Jan 8, 2012 10:06:00 AM

Patriots agreed to terms with ex-Rams OC Josh McDaniels as an offensive assistant.

McDaniels will join the Patriots on Sunday, assisting OC Bill O'Brien in his preparation for the winner of the Steelers-Broncos game. The contract calls for McDaniels to take over for O'Brien as offensive coordinator after the playoffs, which should provide a seamless transition in New England.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 07:39:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots are expected to hire Josh McDaniels as an offensive assistant for the playoffs.

McDaniels is then expected to take over as departing OC Bill O'Brien's replacement after the postseason. Adding a new coach during the postseason is essentially unprecedented, but could make sense for the Patriots since McDaniels is familiar with the offense and O'Brien's attention will be divided as he undertakes the massive task of saving Penn State. That being said, adding a new voice at this time of year is extremely risky, especially since O'Brien hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with HC Bill Belichick and Tom Brady this season.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 11:36:00 AM

According to the Boston Globe, "signs point" toward Josh McDaniels replacing departing Patriots OC Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien will be introduced as the new head coach at Penn State Saturday. McDaniels is reportedly already in New England, and his return to a team whose offense he coordinated from 2006-08 appears to be a formality. The move would be a best-case scenario for McDaniels after he was fired as the Broncos' head coach with four games to go in 2010 before enduring a trying year as the Rams' offensive coordinator this season.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 09:43:00 AM

The Patriots have received permission from the Rams to interview Josh McDaniels for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

NFLN's Albert Breer interestingly reports that McDaniels would even be eligible to join New England during its playoff run, if it so chose. Incumbent OC Bill O'Brien is tentatively expected to finish the postseason with the Pats, however. Also per Breer, the Patriots will speak to McDaniels this weekend. It sounds like he would prefer to rejoin the Pats rather than go to K.C.
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 02:55:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen and the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport report Patriots OC Bill O'Brien and Penn State have reached an agreement that will make O'Brien the successor to Joe Paterno as head coach.

Penn State plans to make the announcement on Saturday. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms O'Brien will continue in his role with the Patriots throughout the playoffs. He had earned kudos of late for his creative play-calling in taking advantage of mismatches to free Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, and Wes Welker. O'Brien will have his hands full rebuilding trust in the Penn State program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. It will be interesting to see if the Pats turn back to Josh McDaniels as O'Brien's replacement.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 10:09:00 PM

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will interview for the Penn State University head-coaching job on Thursday.

The interview has been confirmed both by USA Today and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Interviewing is a significant step from PSU's reported interest in O'Brien. 49ers OC Greg Roman has reportedly already been identified as a finalist for the college gig, and Packers QBs coach Tom Clemens remains in the mix.
Wed, Jan 4, 2012 08:16:00 PM

The Jaguars have requested and received permission to interview Patriots OC Bill O'Brien for their head coaching job.

We're up to four targets in Jacksonville: O'Brien, Brian Schottenheimer, Rob Chudzinski, and Mike Mularkey. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, O'Brien is still "squarely" on Penn State's radar, despite a previous report from CBS' Charley Casserly that he won't be the Nittany Lions' next coach. O'Brien can interview with the Jags this week because the Patriots have a first-round bye.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 06:39:00 PM

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