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 of 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 the two have a relationship that’s more like peers than coach-to-player. That means they’ll likely run into the occasional disagreement and even a sideline shouting match, but it doesn’t affect their relationship, 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.