It appears that the Patriots have suffered their first loss of the offseason, with the news tonight reported by Chris Mortensen of ESPN that the Denver Broncos have come to an agreement with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to become their next head coach, replacing Mike Shanahan.

(Hey, can we get Shanahan to replace McDaniels as OC?)

Here’s Mortensen saying what sold the Broncos on McDaniels:

http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3826399

The Denver Post also has a report on the story, with the added nugget that McDaniels plans to bring Dom Capers with him. Capers, who served as special assistant/secondary coach with the Patriots this season, was something of a mystery man during his brief stay in Foxboro.