McDaniels' talks with Rams hit a snag

January, 18, 2011
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ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that former Denver coach Josh McDaniels’ talks with the St. Louis Rams are breaking down.

McDaniels, who was fired in December after 28 games as Denver's coach, was considered the leading candidate as the next offensive coordinator for the Rams. He interviewed with the Rams on Saturday and had interviewed with Minnesota a week earlier.

The Rams’ job was considered the most attractive opportunity for McDaniels because St. Louis is a team on the rise and features young star quarterback Sam Bradford.

If McDaniels doesn’t end up in St. Louis, his options may be limited if the Vikings don’t turn to him. There are offensive coordinator openings in Kansas City, Oakland and Cleveland. I don’t see McDaniels landing in Kansas City, despite his connections with quarterback Matt Cassel and general manager Scott Pioli, and I’d be surprised if he went to Oakland.

Meanwhile, one of the former New England Patriots who McDaniels brought to Denver, running back Laurence Maroney,was arrested in St. Louis on drug and weapon charges. I wouldn’t be surprised if Maroney was an ex-Bronco sometime soon.

He was a non-factor after McDaniels sent a fourth-round pick to the Patriots for him after the first game of the 2010 season. Maroney had little chance of staying in Denver under the new staff even before his arrest.

Update: Seattle just ousted offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates. That could mean the Seahawks could consider McDaniels. The availability of Bates could also interest the Chiefs. Bates, a former Denver top assistant, has a reputation for working very well with quarterbacks.

UPDATE II: ESPN’S Adam Schefter reported that the Seahawks are talking to McDaniels.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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