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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: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:59 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

oh, and "ball so hard"???

Everyone watch our for captain thug life here.  Think you watched too many episodes of the Wire pal. 
Umm, ball so hard is an homage to Terrel Suggs. Thats his moniker, or slogan, if you will. Psst, the guy that made the comment is a Ravens fan.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:58 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

and for the record, the only thing I sniff is your ma's twat. 

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:56 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

well im glad i picked up on you putting on a front and that you really dont act that way, otherwise you'd be the biggest tool walking the planet.  Texans can beat your Ravens, and I honestly think they will.  sorry pal, just how I feel. 

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:51 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Come on Bakin' soda boy.....

You know damn well there is not a corn chowda chance in Bean Town the Texans come into B-More and win.....

I thought you had more common sense or lack of it to know the Ravens' don't lose in the "wire" city.

And if you think  Ray Rice doesn't put up 175 total yards on that pathetic defense you are snorting that arm and hammer...

I'll leave you alone now, because I know you will have your hands full of "TeeeeeeeeeeeeeBowwwwwwwwwwww&
nbsp; Oh Noooooooooooooooo" as Prime puts it, but when next week comes around, and Ray Rice and Leacccccccccccccch come up to Foxxxxxxieborough, love the place and runs all over the Pats.  Keep thinking your def has a chance to stop Rice.

Ball so hard. 

Pats 31  - Tebows 24

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:48 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

I don't know why people are complaining.  Coaches get fired during the season quite a bit.  Do they expect to wait until the off season to replace them?  Pittsburgh was down their top RB, top Safety and for all intents and purposes, half of a QB and Denver still couldn't win in regulation.  As porous as New England's Defense is, the Pats aren't going to need a lick of help figuring up Denver's defense.  Tebow might get his stats, but the New England offense is not like Pittsburgh's.  He'll have to score 40 to beat the Pats.  

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:43 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

yea, who cares.  glad to have him back with TB12, aka tommy terific aka god man......belichick failed in cleveland once upon a time.  he's more than capable of filling the void when BB decides to go to Canton

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:40 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

Funny...The Broncos hated McDaniels while he was there. They loved him when they went 6-0 and then when choaked and went 0-6 rhey hated him. Now they should kiss his a$$ because he was the one who drafted Saint Timmy. McDaniels has nothing to bring to the Patriots except the fact he worked extremely well with Brady. ( who by now needs nobody to work with him) Additionally McDaniels was gone before Fox took over the Broncos coaching and installing his system. This is just another attempt by an idiot writer to make a story.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:40 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

oh, and "ball so hard"???

Everyone watch our for captain thug life here.  Think you watched too many episodes of the Wire pal. 

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:39 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'


A. you need to beat the Texans first, joe flacco sux so thats not a guarentee
B. The Pats still need to beat the Broncos
C. The Pats will shut down Ray Rice, just like last season and force Skinny to beat them, which he cant.
D. Doesnt matter who wins, nobody is beating the Saints.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:38 pm

Brady says McDaniels has 'inside information'

"Inside information" - "inside information" ?  I'll give you inside information, LOL actually I will give you information all you TB12 - Boston chowda heads info you want, READY? Here it comes..............................


Ray Rice and the Ravens will be up there next weekend to shred your pathetic defense in the playoffs once again.

Is that enough inside info you need?


Ball So Hard

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