Josh McDaniels (born April 21, 1976 in Barberton, Ohio) is the former head coach of the Denver Broncos and currently the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. He previously served as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. At the time of his hiring, 33 year-old McDaniels was the youngest head coach in the NFL, although less than a week later the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named the even-younger Raheem Morris as their head coach. McDaniels was fired by Denver after a 3–9 start in 2010.
Josh McDaniels is the son of Thom McDaniels (the 1997 USA Today High School Coach of the Year and often described as a "legend" of Ohio high school football). Attending his father's practices during his youth has been credited with inspiring McDaniels to enter coaching.
Recruited out of Canton McKinley High School, #92 by Greg Debeljak, McDaniels attended John Carroll University, where he played football, primarily as a wide receiver, #68, from 1995 to 1998. Though a quarterback in high school, he was beaten at that position at John Carroll by Nick Caserio, who joined the Patriots staff in 2001 (the same year as McDaniels). His other teammates included London Fletcher, now a linebacker for the Washington Redskins, and Brian Polian, the special teams coach at Stanford.