With Bill O'Brien agreeing to become Penn State's next head coach, the Patriots' search to fill that void could be starting in a familiar place, with Josh McDaniels. This makes a lot of sense (link here), and the possibility was also highlighted by Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In a piece on the Post-Dispatch website, the question is asked, "Will McDaniels be back with Rams in 2012?"
Despite a rocky last two seasons, McDaniels is still a valuable commodity. A well-placed league source says both the Patriots and Chiefs have reached out to the Rams to seek permission to talk to McDaniels, but no word on if the Rams gave it.
Much like a player who has been in an offensive system, McDaniels would have added value to both clubs if he was ultimately available (he's under contract but might not be part of a new Rams staff) because of his past work with Tom Brady and Matt Cassel.