Ira Kaufman reports that Ben McDaniels is a 'name to watch' for a coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, presumably as their quarterbacks coach. McDaniels is the younger brother of former Denver Broncos head coach and current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He was an assistant and quarterbacks coach for the Broncos when his brother was the head coach, there. Currently he is the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Columbia University under former Buccaneers offensive line coach Pete Mangurian.
Ben McDaniels' track record is tiny and not particularly impressive. Before joining the Broncos he was a quarterbacks coach in high school, and that was essentially the extent of his experience. Kyle Orton had the best season of his career when McDaniels was his quarterbacks coach, but it's impossible to say how important one year of Ben McDaniels' coaching was in that development. Quarterbacks coach is a very important hire for the Bucs, considering they have a very talented quarterback who regressed significantly last season. Reversing that trend would go a long way toward reversing the Bucs' fortunes, but would bringing in someone with McDaniels' limited experience do that?