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McDaniels vs. Belichick matchup begins before Broncos host Patriots

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

It hasn’t been 24 hours since the Broncos’ thrilling come-from-behind win against Dallas and yet the Cowboys are history.

How could they not be when next up on the schedule for Denver is the New England Patriots, the team coached by Josh McDaniels’ mentor, Bill Belichick.

McDaniels spent only a few minutes Monday morning reflecting on the 17-10 win against Dallas (a “very sloppy first half offensively,” he said) and was asked more questions about the Patriots, where McDaniels spent eight years working for Belichick.

“We’re not going to make more of this game than what it is. It’s the fifth game of the year,” McDaniels said. “Think it will be a great challenge to play against one of the best franchises in this league and one of the best teams in this league and certainly what I think is the best coach in this league.”

Then asked if facing the Patriots could really be “just another game,” McDaniels only smirked.

When McDaniels was hired here in January to replace Mike Shanahan, he brought with him most of Belichick’s coaching philosophies, as well as the Patriots’ offensive scheme that McDaniels helped design. Much of the defensive scheme is the same as New England’s too.

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