McDaniels to Meet with Patriots this Weekend

Derek Havens
January 07, 2012 at 08:00am ET

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The New England Patriots will speak with St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels this weekend, according to

Albert Breer reports McDaniels asked St. Louis for his release after head coach Steve Spagnuolo's firing, which would open the door for a potential return to the Pats.

This story continues to develop as current coordinator Bill O'Brien has officially signed a five-year deal to become the head coach at Penn State on Friday. Since O'Brien will be leaving after the Patriots finish their season, New England is now on the hunt for someone to fill his position.

McDaniels, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator between 2006-2008, could join the team as a replacement for O'Brien. McDaniels left New England to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos, but was fired just a year and a half into the job.

McDaniels has also been mentioned for the open head coach job in Kansas City, but the Patriots are the favorites at the moment.

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