New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels got into a bit of a shouting match on the sideline during the 23-3 win over the Buffalo Bills.
It was hard to tell why it happened at first. As the score shows, the Patriots won this with ease. McDaniels and Brady have worked together for years and had a lot of success. Why were they at each other’s throats now? It was the type of fight that would have made more sense when they were losing by 25 to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.
Well, screenshots from the game make it clear why the two were angry. The offense wasn’t clicking and they were missing easy plays.
“Phillip Dorsett and Brandin Cooks were wide open on the incompletion that sparked the screaming match between McDaniels and Brady,” wrote Doug Kyed of NESN. He then posted this picture of both wideouts running free in the secondary.
Phillip Dorsett and Brandin Cooks were wide open on the incompletion that sparked the screaming match between McDaniels and Brady. pic.twitter.com/Jr68GEgMEO
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) December 4, 2017
That pass to the middle isn’t quite as wide open – though that’s still a simple completion – but the pass to the sidelines absolutely is. That would have been a huge gain and very likely a touchdown with the right throw. Brady didn’t have a touchdown pass all afternoon, throwing for 244 yards and a pick.
Will it be an issue moving forward? The future Hall of Fame quarterback doesn’t think so.
“It’s just football,” Brady said, per Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “We’ve been around each other a lot. I love Josh. It’s nothing. It’s just football. It’s just football. We’re two competitive people and it’s just the way it goes.”