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Report: McDaniels returns to Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Josh McDaniels is going back to the Patriots as offensive coordinator, ESPN.com and the Associated Press reported Saturday.

McDaniels, currently the Rams offensive coordinator, will serve as an assistant under Bill O'Brien for the rest of this season then take over when O'Brien leaves to become Penn State's coach.

McDaniels, 35, was offensive coordinator for the Patriots from 2006-08 before becoming coach of the Broncos in 2009. Denver fired him after starting 2010 3-9 and losing 17 of his last 22 games. He was most noted for trading up and drafting Tim Tebow in 2010 with the 25th overall pick. McDaniels was the only Rams assistant under contract through 2012 when Steve Spagnuolo was fired as coach on Jan. 2.

The Rams scored the fewest points per game this season (12.1), gained the second-fewest yards overall (283.6) and third-fewest yards passing (179.4). And quarterback Sam Bradford struggled with six touchdown passes and six interceptions.

Under McDaniels in 2007, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady set a league record with 50 touchdown passes.

Colts: The front office and Peyton Manning are open to pushing back the date the quarterback is due a roster bonus, NBC reported. His contract calls for $28 million to be paid March 8. Also, ESPN.com reported that owner Jim Irsay is "certain" he will take Stanford QB Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick.

Senior bowl: The staffs of the Redskins and Vikings will coach the Jan. 28 prospects game in Mobile, Ala.

Hall of Fame finalists

The 17 finalists for the Class of 2012. They must get 80 percent of votes to get in. Inductees will be announced Feb. 4:

• Jerome Bettis, RB

• Tim Brown, WR/KR

• Jack Butler (senior nominee), CB

• Cris Carter, WR

• Dermontti Dawson, C

• Eddie DeBartolo Jr., owner

• Chris Doleman, DE/LB

• Kevin Greene, DE/LB

• Charles Haley, DE/LB

• Cortez Kennedy, DT

• Curtis Martin, RB

• Bill Parcells, coach

• Andre Reed, WR

• Willie Roaf, OT

• Will Shields, G

• Dick Stanfel (senior nominee), G

• Aeneas Williams, CB/S

Report: McDaniels returns to Pats 01/07/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 10:15pm]
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