Reports: Broncos to hire Pats' McDaniels as coach

The Baltimore Sun

The Denver Broncos are expected to announce by tomorrow that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be their new head coach, according to multiple reports.

McDaniels, 32, has reached an agreement to take over for Mike Shanahan, who was fired late last month after 14 years with Denver, according to multiple reports.

McDaniels is a rising star who has spent his entire eight-year NFL coaching career in New England, where he worked his way up from personnel assistant in the scouting department to offensive coordinator for Bill Belichick.

Playoffs: : With the Ravens, Arizona and Philadelphia all winning away from home, it marked the first time since 1971 - and only second time overall - that three road teams won on the same weekend in the playoffs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Ravens edged Tennessee, 13-10, and Arizona routed Carolina, 33-13, on Saturday, and Philadelphia knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, 23-11, yesterday.

During the weekend of Dec. 25-26, 1971, the Baltimore Colts won, 20-3, at Cleveland, Miami edged Kansas City, 27-24, in overtime, and Dallas topped Minnesota, 20-12. The only home team to win that weekend was San Francisco, which defeated Washington, 24-20. The Cowboys went on to beat the Dolphins, 24-3, in the Super Bowl that season.

Panthers: : Players and coaches voiced strong support for quarterback Jake Delhomme the morning after he threw a career-high five interceptions and lost a fumble in what was perhaps the worst performance of his NFL career.

"He had a bad game," coach John Fox said of Delhomme's play against Arizona. "He didn't have a bad season. He's not a bad quarterback. It happens."

Rams: : Minnesota defensive coordinator-assistant head coach Leslie Frazier will interview with team ownership tomorrow in Los Angeles for St. Louis' coaching vacancy, NFL sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday evening.

That means Frazier has a "bye" into the finals. He will not undergo a preliminary interview. Instead, he joins Jim Haslett as the second known finalist in the Rams' coaching search.

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