Broncos Hire Pats Coordinator McDaniels As Coach

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The man who ran the New England Patriots' high-scoring offense is taking over as head coach of the Denver Broncos, charged with revitalizing a team that's failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has agreed to a four-year deal to replace Mike Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after 14 seasons with a 146-91 record.

McDaniels' credentials include guiding the record-setting offense that led New England to 18 straight victories last season before a stunning loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

That team scored an NFL-record 75 touchdowns and 589 points. McDaniels is known for his creative play calling and game plans - just as Shanahan was when he took over the team in 1995 at the age of 42.

The 32-year-old McDaniels will be introduced during a news conference at team headquarters Monday at 5 p.m.

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