The Patriots ahve announced that former Patriots coach and OC at several other teams will be joining the Patriots staff. Why now? First his HC and therefor the staff were fired too. The Patriots may have simply chosen to hire him before he signed on with another staff. Others have theorized that Bill Belichick intends to step down in a year or three, and intends McDaniels to be his replacement. Daboll was his OC under McDaniel, so he is comfortable with him, and would make an easy transition to OC under McDaniels. I guess that is possible, although I don't think Belichick will retire before health forces him to do so as he just loves coaching. When he does, I think he will recomend to Kraft to hire a football executive who has run and built an entire football enterprise, coaching, scouting, admin, CAP management, talent evaluation, just like BB has done. I would think Nick Saban or Nick Ferentz would be his recomendation. Both have NFL experience, Nick like Bill failed as a HC. Both have resurrected college programs, from scratch. Under the CAP, NFL teams are now more and more resembling College teams getting and integrating new players as others graduate and move on. As for Daboll, I offer another possibility. Everyone overlooks that Daboll was also a QB coach with BB and worked with McDaniel befor. While the Patriots were trying to improve the $100 million dollar QB, and also tutor and refine the the skinny kid from Michigan a decade ago.:snob: Perhaps they need a single specialist dedicated to refining and tutoring a new youngster from Michgan and Arkansas. Comments?