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NFL Network: Josh McDaniels is the League's Best Coordinator

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The Patriots offensive mastermind is the top coordinator in the NFL.

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Don't be surprised if 2015 is the last season with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at the steering wheel. He'll definitely be a head coach somewhere in 2016 and he deserves it.

McDaniels is one of the least heralded members of the 2014 Patriots Super Bowl run, even though his postseason coaching decisions and playcalls deserve a wing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No coach uses three entirely separate offenses on the way to the Super Bowl to the same level of success as McDaniels. He deserves more praise.

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks spoke to multiple teams across the league for their thoughts on the active coordinators, on both the offensive and defensive side, and it's generally agreed that McDaniels is the best coordinator in the business. Brooks also notes that McDaniels is viewed as the second most desired coaching candidate.

"There isn't a play-caller in football who gets more out of an overachieving unit than McDaniels," Brooks writes. "While Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski give McDaniels a solid foundation to build around, the fact is, the Patriots don't have as many blue-chip weapons as many of their counterparts."

McDaniels has changed the offensive game plan on a week-to-week basis to account for injuries, talent, and defensive schemes. Whether it's Julian Edelman or Wes Welker, Stevan Ridley or Jonas Gray, McDaniels is ready with a plan to get the most out of the offense.

While Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn't make the list of top 10 defensive coordinators (perhaps implying that a departure for Patricia is further away than many believe), former defensive coordinator Dean Pees, now with the Ravens, ranked 7th out of defensive coordinators, and 12th overall.

When McDaniels gets his imminent head coaching position in 2016 (wouldn't McDaniels be fun with the Giants, or Jaguars, or even the Bengals?), look for tight ends coach Brian Daboll to be the likely replacement.