The offensive team meetings for the Bears just got interesting.
According to SI's Thayer Evans, the Bears will hire Ben McDaniels — the younger brother of New England Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels — to their offensive coaching staff.
Ironically, Josh McDaniels' tenure as head coach of the Denver Broncos got off to a controversial start in 2009 when he berated then Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.
Shortly after Josh McDaniels moved into his office at Dove Valley, he called in Cutler and his agent, Bus Cook, for a closed-door meeting. The story goes that McDaniels began with a 20-minute dissertation of his resume, how he'd worked his way up the ranks in New England to become Bill Belichick's right-hand man with the offense and how the team would have been nowhere the year before without his tutelage of backup Matt Cassel. He continued on with justification of his hiring by Bowlen.
After the perplexing recitation of accomplishments, McDaniels suddenly shifted gears.
He began to bash and berate Cutler and his game to the tune of a verbal flogging neither had ever witnessed. The expletive-laden diatribe went on for a few minutes, after which Cook stood up and told Cutler they were leaving. As they walked down the long hallway past Bowlen's office, Cutler turned to Bus and said, "Get me out of here. I don't care how you do it."
Less than three months into Josh McDaniels' tenure in Denver, the team traded Cutler and a fifth-round pick (2009) to the Bears in exchange for quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round picks (2009 and 2010) and a third-round selection (2009).
Time heals all wounds, and it's highly unlikely that Cutler will hold any grudge against one of his new coaches, considering the younger McDaniels had nothing to do with Cutler's departure from Denver.
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Cutler's new offensive coach spent the last two seasons on the Rutgers staff. Ben McDaniels was the Scarlet Knights' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2015 and the team's wide receivers coach in 2014.
Ben McDaniels' first NFL job was under Josh's coaching staff with the Broncos in 2009. He served as Denver's quarterbacks coach in 2010. He worked with quarterbacks' Tim Tebow and Orton during his time in Denver. After a brief stint at Columbia (2012), Ben McDaniels was hired as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013).
Ben McDaniels played quarterback at Kent State from 2000–01.