Report: Pats seek permission for McDaniels

The dominoes are already starting to fall following the pending departure of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports New England reached out to the Rams to seek permission to speak to Josh McDaniels. According to the report, it's unknown if St. Louis will grant permission.

McDaniels would make for a natural transition with the Patriots. He was offensive coordinator in New England from 2006-2008 before becoming head coach of the Denver Broncos. A failed stint in Denver brought McDaniels to St. Louis, where the team had an awful, 2-14 season and fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Now, McDaniels' status in St. Louis is in limbo. The new coach -- possibly Jeff Fisher -- might not want to keep McDaniels on the Rams' staff. That would be New England's hope. But the Patriots probably have to play the waiting game with McDaniels until the Rams figure out their coaching search.