January 17

Denver fans and players remember Pats’ coordinator

Josh McDaniels, New England's offensive coordinator, was an unpopular head coach with the Broncos.

By Eddie Pells
The Associated Press

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Josh McDaniels has done wonders with Tom Brady and the New England offense. But in Denver they remember McDaniels as a head coach who brought in Tim Tebow and alienated people so much that the owner felt a need to issue a public apology to fans after his firing.

The Associated Press

Elway hired John Fox in part because Fox had a sunshiny disposition the franchise sorely needed after 22 months of being beaten down by the man they called “McHoodie.”

Fox made things work with Tebow for a year and actually coaxed the Broncos to a playoff victory. Then they went to New England and lost 45-10 in the 2011 divisional playoffs.

“It was a pretty good indicator of how far we had to get moving,” Fox said, speaking of the roster he inherited.

Elway’s decision to jettison Tebow in favor of Peyton Manning made things right very quickly in Denver.

Now the story comes full circle.

It will be Manning trying to decipher the Belichick defense, while McDaniels calls a Patriots offense that has shined this season, even after replacing key playmakers Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski with a far-less-accomplished group including Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount.

McDaniels was not asked about his time in Denver during an interview with Patriots beat writers earlier this week, though he has never offered much when asked about it previously.

Brady, who finds himself a win shy of his sixth Super Bowl in part because his offensive coordinator has done a masterful job getting more out of less this season, said if McDaniels is extra motivated to beat Denver, he hasn’t let on.

“He’s always focused like he is every week,” Brady said. “He’s one of the best coaches that I’ve ever been around and why I love being coached by him because he brings it every day.”

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