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Josh McDaniels stays out of sight during Super Bowl week

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Patriots offensive assistant Josh McDaniels has been conspicuous by his absence at media appearances during Super Bowl week.

McDaniels, the former Broncos head coach who joined the Patriots’ staff during the playoffs and will serve as their offensive coordinator next season after Bill O’Brien leaves for Penn State, has not participated in the usual Super Bowl events where players and coaches are made available to the media.

That’s rare: The NFL generally requires assistant coaches and players (even bench warmers who won’t be active on game day) to participate in Media Day. As Osi Umenyiora found out the hard way, those who miss their media responsibilities can be subject to fines. But NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT that because McDaniels isn’t currently considered a coordinator or a position coach, he’s not required to attend.

“It is up to the team and Josh,” Aiello said. “We do not require non-position coaches or other staff members to attend the media sessions here.”

So because McDaniels carries the generic title “offensive assistant,” he can get away with skipping media responsibilities that are required of other coaches, even coaches who are lower on the totem pole than he is.

It’s easy to see why McDaniels doesn’t want to go to media events, where he’d likely be questioned about subjects like his unsuccessful tenure as the Broncos’ head coach and the $50,000 fine he was given during that tenure for failure to immediately report a subordinate who surreptitiously videotaped a 49ers practice. But just because McDaniels doesn’t want to talk, that doesn’t mean the NFL should allow him to stay mum. Everyone else is forced to meet the media during Super Bowl week, and McDaniels shouldn’t be shielded from the press.

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19 Responses to “Josh McDaniels stays out of sight during Super Bowl week”
  1. 7pints says: Feb 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    Clearly the Patriots did not want to subject McDaniels and the team to the 1000 questions about ethical conduct.

  2. manderson367 says: Feb 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    He’s busy filming the Giants practices.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    Let’s not forget, Bill O’brien didn’t only get in a fight with Tom Brady this year.. He got in a fight with Randy Moss the year before and that was the reason Randy was put on rails out of town. With the self-inflated O’Brien leaving town and McDaniels coming back, it could mean Moss returning to New England next year. It’s wasn’t Belechick that couldn’t work with Randy anymore it was Bill-O.

  4. jackybadass says: Feb 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    Bill said he didn’t have to go! He’s taping the giants practice for Bill to see later! Cheating can be fun! It’s the American way!

  5. tombradyallday says: Feb 2, 2012 11:08 AM

    got to remember he coached against the giants this season with the rams. so hes probably incognegro somewhere helpin pats. any help is good help

  6. jsho55 says: Feb 2, 2012 11:08 AM

    If your not required to attend why would he want to? This week is the biggest media zoo out of 52 weeks.

    Any player or coach that is required to attend right now I’m sure would skip it if they didnt get fined.

    Stay focused on game planning for a super bowl, or get asked a million repeat and stupid questions from the media? Hmmmmm.

  7. satantebowing says: Feb 2, 2012 11:09 AM

    Anybody check to see if he’s recording Giants’ practices?

  8. hashsview says: Feb 2, 2012 11:14 AM

    Can’t a man catch a break? He’s got a lot of illegal “game” film to catch up on.

  9. portnoychunk says: Feb 2, 2012 11:17 AM

    manderson367 says: Feb 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    He’s busy filming the Giants practices.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Durrrrrrrrrrrr, good one. Durrrrrrrr.

  10. jpthepatsfan says: Feb 2, 2012 11:18 AM

    I can hear it now, Giants fans already making up their excuses as to why they are going to lose!

  11. sc5000 says: Feb 2, 2012 11:43 AM

    GOOD!

  12. countsnail says: Feb 2, 2012 11:48 AM

    McDaniels will probably try to trade away Brady and Gronkowski in the offseason so he can start Mallet and draft underachieving offensive project players to work with him.

    I mean, blowing up teams and replacing them with a curiosity circus is his specialty, right

  13. wte1 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:03 PM

    MDS said, “But just because McDaniels doesn’t want to talk, that doesn’t mean the NFL should allow him to stay mum. Everyone else is forced to meet the media during Super Bowl week, and McDaniels shouldn’t be shielded from the press.”

    Everyone else is forced to meet the media? What about Ernie Adams? He’s been Belichick’s assistant for years and he’s more important to Bill than any of his coordinators.

    He’s never met w/ the press with any of these Super Bowls and I’ve never seen you complain about that.

  14. patriotinvasion says: Feb 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    Big smile….the spygate jokes look lamer and lamer by the week. 68-19 since ESPN created a big story over taping coach’s dumb hand signals that they displayed to the entire stadium of 70,000 fans every Sunday. 2 AFC titles, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 4 AFC East crowns, and soon to be another ring.

    Surely those grubby fingers and hand signals pushed Vinatieri’s kick through the uprights in a blizzard….picked off Big Ben for 6….returned punts for touchdowns….blocked field goals returned for touchdowns. Just tape signals and you are a shoe in for 3 Super Bowl titles. Got it, thanks.

  15. 2sausage11 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:13 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Feb 2, 2012 12:58 PM
    Big smile….the spygate jokes look lamer and lamer by the week. 68-19 since ESPN created a big story over taping coach’s dumb hand signals that they displayed to the entire stadium of 70,000 fans every Sunday. 2 AFC titles, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 4 AFC East crowns, and soon to be another ring.

    Surely those grubby fingers and hand signals pushed Vinatieri’s kick through the uprights in a blizzard….picked off Big Ben for 6….returned punts for touchdowns….blocked field goals returned for touchdowns. Just tape signals and you are a shoe in for 3 Super Bowl titles. Got it, thanks
    ==================================
    Amen, very well said

  16. sojumaster says: Feb 2, 2012 2:01 PM

    patriotinvasion says:Feb 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    Big smile….the spygate jokes look lamer and lamer by the week. 68-19 since ESPN created a big story over taping coach’s dumb hand signals that they displayed to the entire stadium of 70,000 fans every Sunday. 2 AFC titles, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 4 AFC East crowns, and soon to be another ring.

    —————————

    You need to do some more fact checking. Spy Gate broke out in 2007. This is the FIRST year since then they have won a playoff game. Failed to make the playoffs in 2008, lost 1st round in 2009 (Ravens) and 2010 (Jets).

    It only takes a few seconds to do a TINY bit of REAL research. Give it a try sometime.

  17. CKL says: Feb 2, 2012 2:05 PM

    Forget all that other stuff, what he really shouldn’t want to be questioned about is his game plan/adjustment fail from the LAST SB against the NYG. I almost NEVER blame game plans over execution but the game plan on offense HAS to be questioned in that game.

  18. Soulman45 says: Feb 2, 2012 2:37 PM

    Josh is waiting on Bill to retire he move up to the big desk and have a life long job not all bad.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:20 PM

    Said already that guys miss it every year. Patriots fans come out of the woodwork with the “classless” go-to phrase because Osi didn’t show up. McDaniels doesn’t show and there’s a million twisted rationales flying around as to why it is okay.

    As I said yesterday with Osi, A TOTAL NON-ISSUE.

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