Belichick statement on McDaniels move

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

When a young coordinator named Eric Mangini informed Bill Belichick he was leaving the New England Patriots to accept an NFL head coaching job, the club reportedly changed the Gillette Stadium security code, preventing Mangini from cleaning out his desk.

New England's sendoff for Josh McDaniels has been more affable.

McDaniels, a 32-year-old offensive coordinator, will be introduced Monday as the Denver Broncos' next head coach.

The Patriots have released a statement from Belichick on McDaniels' departure:

Josh McDaniels is one of the finest people and brightest, most talented coaches I have ever worked with. Since joining us eight years ago, Josh performed a variety of roles and excelled in every one of them. Between his work on defense, in scouting, player evaluation and coordinating the offense, Josh is a very well-rounded coach whose outstanding body of work speaks for itself.

He is the product of a pure football environment which is evident in his approach to the game. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we thank Josh for tremendous success in New England and congratulate him and the McDaniels family for this most deserving opportunity for advancement.