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08:02 AM ET 01.10 | Broncos fans may be hoping Josh McDaniels brings the Patriots the same kind of luck he brought to the Rockies. The way McDaniels' luck is going, if he were walking down one side of the street, it would be safer to scurry through traffic and blaring horns to get to the other side. "I think he can help us in a lot of different ways," Bill Belichick, the scheming New England coach, said at his news conference Monday. 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.

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January 10, 2012  08:05 AM ET

Let the accusations of cheating commence...

January 10, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Ahh...the source being the Denver Post. How is this that different from teams picking up discarded players the week they play that player's former team. It's done all the time. Not to mention they played Denver a month ago anyway.

January 10, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Josh McDaniels was hired right after O'Brien left for Penn State. Days before they knew they would be playing Denver.

January 10, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Nobody really wants this guy anyhow, you won't see anyone fighting BB for him.

January 10, 2012  08:18 AM ET

McDaniels didn't exactly mold his philosophy to the players available in STL......does this really matter?

January 10, 2012  08:18 AM ET

I am not sure how any of this is "shady".

Their OC was hired by Penn State. McDaniels was a good OC with Pats.

They do play the Broncos on Saturday but it sounds like Fox's system is night and day from McDaniels' system.

January 10, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Where there's fire... There's McDaniels.

January 10, 2012  08:27 AM ET

"The way McDaniels' luck is going, if he were walking down one side of the street, it would be safer to scurry through traffic and blaring horns to get to the other side."

Not if Donte Stallworth was in the neighborhood.

January 10, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

McDaniels didn't exactly mold his philosophy to the players available in STL......does this really matter?

No it doesn't matter. It's a non story. If this were all about just now Belichick could have just made a phone call. The brilliant writer doesn't mention that the OC is going to Penn State.

January 10, 2012  08:37 AM ET

McDaniels did not have anything to do with Denver's current offense. NE at home should win if they brought me in as an assistant.

January 10, 2012  08:37 AM ET

St. Louis was going to fire McDaniels, he just had an opportunity to go someplace else so they let him go. Despite all the 'How do you like him now, Denver?' questions after Tebow and Thomas have a huge game against the Steelers, the guy has been a disaster for any team he's been around since NE.

Who cares where he goes? Tom Brady and Lil Bill will be the reason NE continues to be one of the top teams in the NFL.

January 10, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Come to PaPa!!!

January 10, 2012  08:53 AM ET

So, they're saying that the Patriots want to be ready in case the Broncos bench Tebow, bring in Brady Quinn and revert to last year's offense? Amazing how Belichick covers every angle, isn't it?

The comment above is the most important. McDaniels was hired before the Pats knew they would be playing Denver.

January 10, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I am not sure how any of this is "shady".Their OC was hired by Penn State. McDaniels was a good OC with Pats.They do play the Broncos on Saturday but it sounds like Fox's system is night and day from McDaniels' system.

That is probably the line of reasoning that the commissar's office is using. Generally speaking hiring a coach a week before a playoff game for the purpose of gaining inside information of your opponent would be considered outside the rules. Does make you wonder if bellechik isn't taking this game more seriously than everyone else.

January 10, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Does make you wonder if bellechik isn't taking this game more seriously than everyone else.

Based on the way they played, I don't think McDaniels even knew who was playing on defense when he was at Denver.

January 10, 2012  09:08 AM ET

If it's smarmy , underhanded or sneaky Bellechik and McDaniels are your go to guys. Unless of course Gruden is lurking about.

January 10, 2012  09:09 AM ET

I guess the Rams are co-conspirators as well for releasing McDaniels from any contractual obligations.

January 10, 2012  09:12 AM ET

So, in short, the Post is complaining because Belichick was smart enough to stay in the rules and bring someone in?

January 10, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Kudos to BB! Putting people in this country back to work should be our number one priority. Think of him as a job creator.
Now, Denver writers and fans, do you really think Tom Brady needs any help in figuring out defenses? He most likely tells the OC what he wants to do each week.
And as far as defending Denvers offense, it is not exactly a big play book we are talking about.

 
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