Carolina Panthers should steer clear of Josh McDaniels
McDaniels would not be the right coach for the Carolina Panthers.
As a search for a new head coach roars on for the Carolina Panthers, there has been a name that’s popped up as a potential candidate. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is that name Despite his success in New England and his Super Bowl championships, he wouldn’t be the right guy for the job.
For starters, McDaniels has already tried the head coaching gig once with the Broncos. After starting off 6-0 in the 2009 season, McDaniels and the Broncos experienced a free fall. They finished 8-8, and the strong start would be the highlight of McDaniels’ career in Denver. He lasted 12 games into the 2010 season before he was fired, compiling a 3-9 record in the process.
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Most recently, McDaniels was slated to be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He was announced by the Colts as their head coach on February 6, 2018. He withdrew his name from the position on the same day, a move that did not sit well with many around the league.
There is no doubt he has had tremendous success with the Patriots. However, sometimes he can get too cute with his play calling. The Patriots rank 14th in the National Football League in offensive yards per game this year with 360.8. According to TeamRankings.com, they ranked 24th in red zone offense. With a 48.98% conversion percentage, it leaves a bit to be desired the season.
Now, there is a theory that because Josh McDaniels and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady know each other so well, the offense is very complex. With a bunch of rookie receivers, that is not going to be ideal. This has certainly been a difficult year for him and the offense. His playcalling has not been ideal
With a player like Christian McCaffrey, and wide receivers like DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel, McDaniels would have more options at offense than he does now. I could only imagine what he would be able to do with that particular trio. McDaniels is at his best when he has veteran offensive players. In that respect, the Carolina Panthers could be a good fit for him. The Carolina Panthers definitely need an offensive-minded coach moving forward and he certainly fits the bill.
The big question remains as to who will be the quarterback next season. McDaniels has only really had Tom Brady, and let’s face it, Tom Brady can make any coordinator look good. Would McDaniels be able to function with a younger quarterback who does not have as much experience? That is one of the reasons why I would be leery bringing him to the Carolina Panthers.
There is no doubt he has the accolades and Super Bowl rings to back up the fact he is a decent coach. However, the Carolina Panthers should steer far away from him. McDaniels has been there and done that before, and the results haven’t been pretty.