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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: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:18 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Pats just got lucky...I mean their former O Coordinator just got hired on at PENN STATE....McDaniels just got fired from Rams...the PATS were going to need an O CO and who better to go with than one of the most succesful O CO's the Pats ever had.  So they lucked out and he coached the Broncos 18 months ago....big deal.  Luck of the draw.  The things that the Broncos are doing now, 18 weeks into the season with FOX are defintely different. McDaniels will not be a factor in insider info/ruining the gameplan. Not possible. This is a biased piece to even speculate these things without even mentioning the other facts.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:02 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

The whole thing does give the NFL a black eye. Stuff like this should never happen.  It gives an APPEARANCE of something that seems very unseemly.

a black eye?  lmao, just curious but what do you believe "shouldnt happen," coaches being able to leave in the middle of the season?  because that is all this is, obrien left for penn st, and the pats needed a replacement, so josh mcdaniels (a former, and quite successful, offensive coordinator of the pats) was rehired to the same position he left a few years ago to try his luck coaching the broncos, if mcdaniels had been hired AFTER this weekend's game between denver and pittsburgh, maybe then would i give this story any weight whatsoever, but considering he was hired before the pats (or anyone else) knew they were going to be playing the broncos, i see no story here, but just for s%#t's and giggles, this bronco team is very different than the one mcdaniels coached last year, thus, i seriously doubt that mcdaniels would have that much info to provide the pats, especially considering the pats dismantled the broncos a couple weeks ago, they already know the blue print for beating this team, and should do so quite easily, same as the first time, no black eyes here, move along

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:41 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

I don't think the Patriots and Tom Brady need anything extra to beat the Broncos. Broncos will be traveling across the country, last time they did that resulted in the Bills beating up on them.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:34 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

The Broncos played the Pats 4 weeks ago. So I would say that the Broncos ---if they watch game film, also have insde information and do not need to hire ex- Pat's coaches/players to get it.

In addition, this is not the same Broncs team that the Pats played 4 weeks ago.Broncos have learned to be a 2-dimensional 9Which will not wow Prop fans). The Pats may win this outright, but don't expect the Broncos to get ridden.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:32 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Please LA Hockey Fan, STICK to hockey.

McDaniels let go at the end of the Patriots playoff run? You're an idiot if you think that's true.

He's the new O' Coodinator for NE, if you read, watch, or listen to sports media you may know that O'Brien is the new Penn State coach so he won't be there next year.

Good grief your comment is about as poor as any saps who actually believe this hire was anything more than just that, a hiring of the next NE Offensive coordinator.

Much ado about nothing, except to those who are totally bias in any comments or views they have about the NEP Organization as a whole.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

pimpslapped, Thank you....

I am glad someone gets it around here. 

And if you were worried about the Steelers. the Ravens are the only team to beat not once, but twice, the squeelers from the Pissburgh. Oh yeah bakin' soda boy, your patsie's couldn't even do it once.  Just look at the schedules and you will see, and I give you that the raven's have laid an egg 3 times, but they smack the teams in the mouth that are good, just ask the Steelers, The Texans, The 9ers. need I go on?

Ball so hard.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

McWeasel goes back to Hoodie. Now hopefully McWeasel realizes he's nothing close to head coaching material. He should sit quietly and let the adults (Hoodie and Brady) take care of business and he can ride their coat-tails again.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:18 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

So Belichick hires back the bum he let go so he could flounder in Denver just before the two teams face each other in a rematch...fishy?  Not really, Belichick is smart enough to try and get every competitive advantage he can.  If he is not violating any rules, so be it, move on.  In the end, the game is decided on the field by the player (barring bad officiating).  Maybe Denver has a few tricks up their sleeves; nobody knows what is going to happen.

There is probably very little else that can be learned from McDummy at this point that the Pats had not already learned by playing Denver already and watching tape of them in other games.  Win or lose, McDummy will be let go either at the conclusion of the game or the end of the Pats playoff run.

I do hope this blows up in NE face, go Broncos, go Tebow!

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:13 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

D. Doesnt matter who wins, nobody is beating the Saints.

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't you predict the same thing in last years playoffs before they faced the mighty 7-9 Seattle Seahawis?  Or, was it you that predicted the same earlier this year when they grudgingly had to face the fearsome (eventual 2-14) St. Louis Rams?  Maybe I am thinking of someone else.  Sorry.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:01 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

thanks for the news flash walter kronkite..........

anyways, the only team in the AFC that scared me lost to the broncos last week.  everyone knows teh ravens and flacco cant go win on the road.  congrats, they did it 2 years ago.  get over it, means nothing this year.  NEXT

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