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Josh McDaniels And St. Louis Rams Cozy Up At Offensive Coordinator

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Pat Shurmur's departure to the Cleveland Browns left the St. Louis Rams without an offensive coordinator, but reports have them taking a hard look at ousted Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels to replace him shortly. Turf Show Times and the Post-Dispatch both stand somewhere between it's-looking-serious and don't-hold-your-breath-yet on the rumor-ometer, which leaves the former Patriots functionary as the de facto front-runner in the search for the guy who'll be celebrated or blamed for whatever Sam Bradford does next season. 

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Much as his place in New England Patriots lore leaves me uneasy I'm an unabashed McDaniels-backer, and not just because he, too, is inexplicably a Tim Tebow fan. The Broncos were awful last season, on offense and defense, but their offense was more unbalanced than unworkable—their rushing game began the season a disaster and ended it on a torrid pace, while a Kyle Orton breakout season eventually devolved into a chance to see what Tebow was made of. 

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The Rams, for all their offensive troubles last season, are easy to peg on offense. They've got a star running back who'll need to be handled with kid gloves following a 330-carry season and a star quarterback who's a kid, and a set of wide receivers that one offensive coordinator could only deal with by reexamining the necessity of the forward pass. There's not a lot of deep certainty there, but it at least runs wide and shallow.

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