Tom Brady clarifies nature of relationship with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady largely brushed off questions about an animated sideline exchange with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels last week in a win over the Buffalo Bills.

However, having had several days to think about the incident and how it’s being portrayed in the media, he wanted to clarify a couple things in speaking with the press on Saturday ahead of a Monday Night Football matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

“A lot of people see it and they think the nature of our relationship might be something like that, but it’s really the exact opposite of that,” Brady said according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “I’ve been feeling bad all week and haven’t had a chance to say it. He knows how much I love him.”

Brady and McDaniels are just over a year apart in age, so it’s understandable that the two have a relationship more like peers than coach-to-player. That means you’re likely to run into the occasional disagreement and even a sideline shouting match, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the two don’t like it and the reaction of both to the incident seems to corroborate that.

Still, it’s good for McDaniels — who is going to be a highly-sought head coaching candidate once again — to get the public show of support from Brady after a moment like that because it helps eliminate the whispers that he couldn’t get along with a megastar quarterback.

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