Report: Broncos Hire Josh McDaniels

It appears that the Denver Broncos have found their new head coach, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to an ESPN report. This is the 32-year-old McDaniels' first head coaching job.

The Denver Broncos have finally reached a decision on who their new head coach will be. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels apparently wowed Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and his advisors to secure the job.

ESPN"s Chris Mortensen was the first to report the hire.

Denver interviewed a number of candidates, whittling down the list to two; McDaniels and Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. The Broncos reportedly flew to the New England area to conduct a second interview with McDaniels on Thursday.

McDaniels joined the Patriots staff in 2001, as an assistant. He worked in the scouting department before becoming an assistant for the defensive secondary. In 2004 McDaniels moved to the offensive side, advising Tom Brady and the Parrot's signal callers as the team's quarterbacks coach. He was officially named the offensive coordinator in 2006, though he assumed those duties in 2005 after former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis left to coach Notre Dame.

McDaniels. who played college football in Ohio interviewed for the Browns before he met with Denver. Cleveland owner Randy Lerner was highly complimentary of McDaniels, but wanted to go with an experienced head coach rather than a first time candidate like McDaniels. Cleveland hired Eric Mangini, who worked as defensive coordinator for the Patriots until 2005.

McDaniels was also a candidate for the open position in St. Louis.

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