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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Report: Josh McDaniels will join Patriots for playoffs

Bill O’Brien, the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator as well as the newly named Penn State coach, will be wearing one of those annoying hats with two logos in the playoffs.

As a result, the Patriots are expected to hire Josh McDaniels, the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator, as an offensive assistant coach, according to ESPN. The hiring would be immediate, with the Patriots preparing for a playoff game next weekend.

McDaniels would then succeed O’Brien next season. McDaniels left the Patriots to become head coach of the Broncos in 2008; he was fired after two seasons and spent this season in St. Louis. The Rams are hiring a new head coach, so McDaniels most likely would be allowed to leave St. Louis.

O’Brien isn’t the first Pats coach to focus on two jobs at once. Charlie Weis accepted the Notre Dame job while the Patriots were in the process of winning their third Super Bowl. And McDaniels knows the Patriots well. He was the offensive coordinator of the 2007 team that set offensive records and helped the team go 11-5 with Matt Cassel replacing injured quarterback Tom Brady in 2008.

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