ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have hired Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their coach, ESPN reported Sunday. The network said the 32-year-old will be introduced as Denver's coach today.
McDaniels was reportedly one of seven candidates to interview. Those included Raheem Morris, the Bucs' defensive coordinator who was recently promoted from defensive backs coach when Monte Kiffin joined his son Lane at the University of Tennessee.
McDaniels would replace Mike Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after 14 seasons with three years and $21-million left on his contract. He's the only one of six NFL coaches ever to get fired by the team for which he won back-to-back Super Bowls.
The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News also reported the hiring on their Web sites.
McDaniels is considered a rising star who worked up from graduate assistant to become Bill Belichick's offensive coordinator in January 2006.
Under McDaniels, Tom Brady threw for a record 50 touchdowns in the 2007 season, and New England came within a whisker of the first 19-0 season in NFL history.