Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels said he did not take the explosion of Tom Brady on the bench during Sunday's game in Buffalo personally. He said Brady was Brady, and part of what made the Patriots quarterback a five-time Super Bowl champion.
"It's a very competitive, emotional game, things like that can happen," McDaniels said yesterday during a conference call. "Being in the game for a long time and understanding that Tommy is a very emotional person and player is part of what makes him great, you understand that these things happen, you know it's never personal, you move quickly from there. We did, and we have.
"I love Tom and all those things he represents, and all those things he does for our team, that's a situation where you understand and move quickly, and you focus on your work."
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"I'm not thinking about the lines, we're all trying to win the game," McDaniels said. "Sometimes things like that happen, and you go over them, and you try to win the game and be a professional, that's all I know, that's what we did, and that's what we've done, and we're focused on preparing ourselves for the Dolphins "
The dynamics of playing the same team twice in three weeks brings certain challenges to the coordinators. How much do they go with the same game plan? How much do they change?
In the case of the Patriots, they beat the Dolphins 35-17 on November 26. He executed the ball effectively with Dion Lewis leading the way with 112 yards. Brady, meanwhile, threw for four touchdowns.
"It's always a challenge when you're watching a game in the rearview mirror that you just played, you have to try and find out how much to change, how much to do the same, understand that both teams are going to change some things," McDaniels said. "There will be some things that they will look at and maybe they will do it differently, and vice versa, so part of that is trying to be careful, not thinking for yourself. And the other thing, you're going to have to go into the game and feel the adjustments they have made, and be ready to adapt on the fly during the course of the game on Monday night because that always seems to play a role in the game, the second game of a division series. that someone else has done first, we will be ready to do that. "
Patriots coach Bill Belichick sees the game as an entity completely separate from the first.
"It's not a continuation of last week's game, it's starting over, and that's what we have to be ready to do," said Belichick. "It's not going to be the same game." It will be played differently. There will be different things in the game that will affect this game very differently than the last one. With luck, one of them is not throwing the ball for a touchdown, and we will have to react and play. We both know each other well. That is not really the problem. It will be how the different moves match and how they run and how this unique game will take on its own life unlike any other. "
Denial of the giants
McDaniels was asked about the vacancy of coaches with the New York Giants.
"I'm interested in the Dolphins right now," he said. "That's where my focus is set, and that's where he's going to stay."  Ron Meyer killed
Former Patriots coach Ron Meyer died last night at the age of 76. Meyer trained the Pats from 1982 to 1984. He also trained the Colts and maybe he is better known for training in the university categories in SMU from 1976 to 1981.