The Rams may be looking at former Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels for their potential offensive coordinator opening. A lot of “may” and “potential” in that last sentence, but that’s what we are here for. Let’s look at 4 seasons that McDaniels was either the offensive coordinator or the head coach and play caller. We will take a look at the 07 and 08 Patriots and the 09 and 10 Broncos.
For Reference, here’s Sam Bradford’s 2010 numbers: 6.0 yards/attempt and 9.9 yards/catch
07 Pats: Tom Brady – 8.3 yards/attempt and 12.1 yards/catch. This was obviously a star studded offense with Tom Brady pulling the trigger. It’s not a great comparison for the Rams, but it shows what McDaniels offense can do.
08 Pats: Matt Cassell – 7.2 yards/attempt and 11.3 yards/catch. Sam Bradford probably will be a better quarterback skill wise in 2011 than Cassell in 2008, but Bradford will have less weapons. The numbers show that Cassell threw down field a lot (a motivated Randy Moss will do that for a team).
09 Broncos: Kyle Orton – 7.0 yards/attempt and 11.3 yards/catch. These numbers are scary similar to Matt Cassell with the Pats in 2008. Orton had Brandon Marshall, who was wildly more successful in McDaniels schemes than he was in Miami.
10 Broncos: Kyle Orton – 7.3 yards/attempt and 12.5 yards/catch. Another set of quality numbers for Orton in only 13 games that certainly look similar to 09 and 08 McDaniels lead offenses. McDaniels offense also made stars out of wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Jabbar Gaffney. Lloyd was an all Pro with 1448 yards.
Looking at these numbers and how consistent they are with different teams, different quarterbacks and different wide receivers, this makes me think that McDaniels could get quality improvement out of both Sam Bradford’s numbers and the Rams wide receivers in his offense. McDaniels offense made stars out of Matt Cassell and Kyle Orton at quarterback and Brandon Lloyd and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. What would he be able to do for the Rams offense?