EARTH CITY, MO - JULY 31: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel of the St. Louis Rams directs members of the offense during training camp at the Russell Training Center on July 31, 2011 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Patriots' Josh McDaniels To Reportedly Help Out In Film Room During Playoffs

Josh McDaniels will join the Patriots for the playoffs as an offensive assistant before taking over the offensive coordinator position for the departing Bill O'Brien next season.

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NFL To Review 'Josh McDaniels Rule' This Off-Season

In 2008 Josh McDaniels was the New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator. He had previously been been with the Patriots since 2001, before being promoted to OC in 2006. Following a few successful seasons in New England McDaniels departed to coach the Denver Broncos. McDaniels was later fired by the Broncos and landed in St. Louis, where he coordinated the Rams' offense during the 2011 NFL season. Following the season McDaniels was let go by the Rams and immediately signed with his former team, the New England Patriots, and will be with the team during their home playoff game against – ironically – the Denver Broncos.

How can a coach join a team mid-playoff run? That's like an NFL free agent signing with a team immediately following the regular season only to join his new team during their playoff run. Unfair advantage, right? Well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter the NFL will review the rule which allowed McDaniels to sign and join the Patriots mid-playoffs this off-season.

NFL will review rule this off-season that allowed Josh McDaniels to change teams in the same season and to coach in the post-season.

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Patriots Offensive Coordinator: Josh McDaniels To Help Out During Playoffs But Just In Film Room, According To Report

The New England Patriots may have found a replacement for their departing Offensive Coordinator Bill O'Brien in former Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, but it seems that McDaniels powers will be limited to just the film room. Or at least that's what we're told to believe.

"... McDaniels will immediately begin working with the New England staff," wrote Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe Sunday. "However, the league source believes that will mostly entail watching film. This season, St. Louis played the Steelers and Ravens, potential postseason opponents for the Patriots."

However, one has to think that McDaniels, who knows the Patriots offense pretty well (or it will not take him very long to catch up), will need to help a little bit more than just film watching, as O'Brien will be doing double duty -- he was officially announced as the next head coach Penn State University for football Saturday.

The Globe is also reporting that one McDaniels does take over next season, he will assume more responsibilty than just OC.

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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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