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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: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:56 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

if people are gonna b!tch and complain about this, do it to the Rams for releasing him from his duties.  People are just getting their panties in a bunch because its the Patriots.  the same babies who still complain like 9 year olds at recess about cheating.  get over it. 

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:52 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

If teams cannot add players after a certain point in the season, they shouldn't be allowed to hire coaches in the post season.  This is jJust another example of the hypocrisy in the NFL.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:39 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

I understand needing to sell papers but McDaniels was hired before Sunday. I'm sure the Patriots were almost certain they'd play the Steelers. The Patriots had one of the best offenses in NFL history with McDaniels calling the plays. Good to see the Denver fans not biting on this crap. I guess the writer has carved out enough bad rep that no one really takes him seriously.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:24 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

And if the Steelers had won on Sunday, this stupid headline grabbing story would have never been written. Please find some real news to write about and stop with the idiot renderings of uninformed "sports-writers" at choice of job title. The man was hired Friday/Saturday.....Broncos won Sunday...Broncos were 8  1/2 point underdogs......Bill O'brien, Pats OC was named HC of Penn St. SATURDAY....Or is that timeline to hard to follow...Got to write a to write a story...

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:22 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

The Patriots lost their OC to Penn State, they replaced him with a former assistant, there should be no issue

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:21 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Nothing to see here - NE had signed McDaniel's Saturday before the Pitt/Den game on Sunday.  It just worked out that Denver won and now McDaniel's could possibly add some insight. 

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:09 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Any information this turd has wouldn't be worth 2 cents.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:01 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.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:57 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Ehhh.  McD doesn't have anything that could help the Patriots improve on what they did to the Broncos a few weeks ago. 

What the Broncos need to focus on is playing as well this weekend as they did last weekend, and particularly on being as aggressive on offense as they were in the 2nd quarter vs. the Steelers.  Denver is going to need a lot more points this weekend.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:46 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

The Broncos might have had a beef if McDaniels wasn't all but in place on Friday night, before the game with the Steelers happened. And honestly, who thought Denver would win that game? What might look shady now because of Denver's upset is actually a very small bit of good fortune for the Patriots, and nothing more -- as has been said, it's not as if Denver befuddled the Patriots at all the first time the teams played.

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