With offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien agreeing to become Penn State's next head coach, New England now is expected to hire Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as an offensive assistant coach, an NFL source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
McDaniels will likely succeed O'Brien as the Patriots offensive coordinator next season, but he was to begin working immediately for the Patriots this season, returning to the team he left to take a head coaching job with the Broncos in 2009, the source said.
O'Brien will work as the Patriots offensive coordinator for the remainder of this season.
It's interesting to note that McDaniels' Rams played the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals this season, all possible AFC playoff foes for the Patriots. St. Louis lost to all three of them and scored a combined 20 points in the three games.
The Rams did, however, beat the Saints this season. McDaniels' offense scored 31 points in that game.