Patriots Offensive Coordinator Bill O'Brien Named Penn State Head Coach

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has accepted a position as the head coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

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Patriots Offensive Coordinator: Josh McDaniels Reportedly To Accept New England Offer, Coach During Playoffs

The New England Patriots are expected to hire Josh McDaniels as an offensive assistant, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. He should join the team in time to coach during the playoffs.

While McDaniels will act as a coach during this postseason, he will be taking over the role of offensive coordinator for the 2012 season as Bill O'Brien leaves to take over as the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The Patriots have already requested and been granted permission to speak to McDaniels from the St. Louis Rams, where he is currently under contract as an offensive coordinator. The Boston Globe reported earlier that "all signs point to" McDaniels taking over as New England's next offensive coordinator.

McDaniels previously spent eight seasons coaching for the Patriots, including three as the offensive coordinator before taking the Denver Broncos' head coaching position in 2009. After a strong start, McDaniels' Broncos entered a tailspin, and when things failed to improve in 2010, he was released, becoming the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.

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Patriots Reportedly Ask Rams For Permission To Talk With Josh McDaniels

The New England Patriots are reportedly one of the two teams who have reached out to the St. Louis Rams to speak with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

A well-placed league source says both the Patriots and Chiefs have reached out to the Rams to seek permission to talk to McDaniels, but no word on if the Rams gave it.

The Patriots – who are still alive in the NFL Playoffs – will be without an offensive coordinator after the season after their current OC Bill O'Brien recently accepted the job to be Penn State University's head coach.

McDaniels was employed by the Patriots from 2001 to 2008, including a two year stint as offensive coordinator from 2006-2008 – including the year the Patriots put up record-setting numbers in 2007. Since then he's coached with the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams.

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Josh McDaniels Could Replace Bill O'Brien If Patriots' Offensive Coordinator Leaves For Penn State

Despite being in the middle of the toughest and most anticipated part of the NFL season Sunday, it seems as if the New England Patriots could soon be losing their current Offensive Coordinator, Bill O'Brien, who has reportedly become the frontrunner for the head coaching job at Penn State University.

"...With Penn State's season finishing up Monday against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl, the school is expected to pursue O'Brien as soon as this week, sources say."

Meanwhile, USA Today's Jonny Saraceno reported Sunday:

"A person with knowledge of the Penn State hiring tells USA TODAY that only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man."

If O'Brien were to take the job and when he would become the head coach not yet known, however,'s Jason La Canfora says the best option to replace O'Brien could be former OC Josh McDaniels .

For updates on this developing situation, please check back to this StoryStream. Meanwhile, if you'd like more information on the Patriots check out the SB Nation blog Pats Pulpit. For more on the Penn State head coaching search, visit Black Shoe Diaries.

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