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Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:33 pm
Will McDaniels be the difference in Saturday's Denver-New England game? (Of course not.) (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Oh boy. Tom Brady has gone and done it. During his weekly appearance on Boston's WEEI, the Patriots quarterback said that new (old) offensive assistant Josh McDaniels, who was hired over the weekend and began work immediately, "obviously has some inside information" on New England's opponent Saturday, the Denver Broncos.

On the surface, they're hardly inflammatory comments … except that some segments of the media have already questioned the hire for the very reasons Brady mentioned. The Denver Post's Mike Klis writes Tuesday that "Once again, Belichick has found a loophole in the rulebook by hiring McDaniels as an offensive assistant coach the week before the Patriots play McDaniels' former team. And the NFL has plugged its ears and covered its eyes to a move that would seem to at least violate the spirit of fair competition."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explained the move thusly: "Teams in the playoffs can sign players."

Klis' response: "Yes, but playoff teams can't sign players from other teams. And a case can be made that in regard to the 2011 season, McDaniels' job should be finished."

And that leads us back to Brady's remarks:

“He obviously has some inside information on that team and those players, as he coached them. I haven’t seen Josh yet, so I really don’t know,” Brady said. “I think coach [Bill] Belichick has a pretty good idea of what he’s going to want Josh to do. I talked to Josh briefly but I really haven’t had a chance to sit down with him. He’s a great coach and we’re lucky to have him. I’m excited to get back to work with him. How that plays into this week, we’ll see. We’ll try to figure that out here in the next five or six days.”

But here's the thing: McDaniels got fired midway through the 2010 season for being pretty bad at his job. In '09, the Broncos started 6-0 before finishing 8-8. The next season, they went 4-12. And while Tebow was drafted on McDaniels' watch, the Broncos were still a season away from running the read option under John Fox.

Not only that, but the Patriots have already played -- and soundly beaten -- the Broncos this season without McDaniels' assistance. So whatever knowledge, inside or otherwise, McDaniels might possess, we can't imagine it will much affect the Pats' game plan.

The Post's Woody Paige feels differently.

"Belichick brought in Kid McCoach as an 'offensive assistant' just in time to interrogate him before the Patriots' rematch with the Broncos and 32 of McDaniels' players and nine assistant coaches from last season's team. The Broncos fired McDaniels on Dec. 6, 2010, because of failure as a coach (17 losses in McD's last 22 games), his poor player-people-press skills and, ultimately, the videotaping scandal that undid the franchise. …

"[McDaniels] can provide inside information and tendencies of players and coaches, especially the offensive coordinator he worked closely with, Mike McCoy. Some aspects of his old playbook passing offense were retained."

Yes, because the Patriots looked lost against the Pats in the Week 15 matchup they won 41-23. Tom Brady threw for 320 yards, tossed two touchdowns and ran for another. Tebow, meanwhile, was 11 of 22 for 194 yards with two rushing touchdowns and a lost fumble. We're quite certain that whatever insights McDaniels might have, occurred to Belichick and his coaching staff when they were preparing for the Broncos the first time.

Put differently: if McDaniels is so smart, he'd still be a head coach. Or at the very least, something more than the offensive coordinator for the league's worst unit.

Either way, Brady isn't so much concerned with what McDaniels may or may not know as he is with Denver's defense.

"Look, I’m thinking about Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil and Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey," he said. "They’ve got plenty of good players on defense for me to worry about. Just like last time, coach talks about doing your job. And there’s no better coaching point this week than for everyone to do their job, not only on the field but off the field, taking care of what you need to take care of so we can be at our best for the most important game of our season."

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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:14 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

This is as much a non-issue as there has ever been.  One Denver is not the same team since McDaniels left.  Their coaching philosophy is totally at opposite directions than John Fox, who is ultra conservative to the point I think it hurst Tim Tebow (because they still haven't really let him play him game) and the schemes they employ on defense are different than McDaniels employed.

Give McDaniels credit, he got run out of town after drafting Tebow and Thomas.  The Pats were set to draft Tebow if he had fallen to the 3rd round, like many thought.  I love Tim Tebow, he is a winner, pure and simple and I never rooted for another player and team like I rooted for Denver last week (nobody outside of Pitssburgh likes them anyway). 

But, Tom Brady is as Champ Bailey said, simply the best.  Denver cannot match the offense of New England over an enitre 60 minutes.
But, there is no shame in losing to the best QB of all-time, only 3 playoff wins (14) from having more than any other QB, including Montana (16), Elway (14).  The advantage to having McDaniels is he knows our team better than Denver's.

Last I heard, it is not against the law to hire the unemployed (McDaniels).  That this has been so overblown is the media, again.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:58 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

" The Broncos appear to be mad.  You mad, Broncos? "  --eaglefan761

It must be altitude sickness. They're having a hard time handling the rarified heights of the NFL playoffs. Not to worry, though, because Tom and Bill will school them on how it's done. 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:52 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

It looks like they sorely need Timbow in the Mile-High City, after all. Without the intervention of a higher power, the Denver sporting community seems in danger of approaching levels of whining and conspiracy-mongering seldom seen outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

News flash: In the world of contract employment, there's a little thing called a non-compete agreement. Much like a pre-nuptial agreement does in the event of divorce, it exists largely to protect the dominant partner from getting taken to the cleaners in the event things go badly. If the Broncos regret not having gotten one when they hired McDaniels, then it's a lesson hard-learned. If Elway doesn't give a flying f*rt, then what's Klis' major malfunction? (As to Woody's, we could all write volumes on THAT subject.)

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 6:49 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Denver fans and media are giving the Broncos way too much credit. The Patriots dont need any inside information to beat the them as we have already seen once this year.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:55 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Boy Blunder will crash the Patriot Empire! That guy is terrible, so who cares anyway?  What the Patriots really need is to steal a defense somewhere.  Does Belichick have that up his sleeve ?  Record rushing numbers on Saturday night for the Blue and Orange.  Tom and Josh can enjoy the view together from the sidelines.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:22 am

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

The Broncos appear to be mad.  You mad, Broncos?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:04 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Wow, Tom Brady, BB & company must have really beaten your team badly.By the sound of your post,it's a beating you take on a regular basis.Are you Rex Ryan?

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:57 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'


Big Daddy, let me guess... 8th grade?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:43 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Hey Mella, how did your Raiders do against TT?  Not too good if I remember.  Anyway, the Pats are great because of the coach and especially the QB.  However, Coach Fox ain't no slouch at coming up with surprises.  I expect a power run game from Denver with some deep balls as well.  Can they keep up?  I guarantee that TT and Mcgahee will try.  Go Broncos! 

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:29 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'


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