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Tom Brady praises Josh McDaniels after heated sideline spat

Tom Brady on Monday morning sang Josh McDaniels’ praises a day after the two had a heated sideline confrontation during the New England Patriots’ 23-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

The incident occurred after Brady failed to convert on a third down despite several open receivers. McDaniels approached Brady, who was coming off the field, and cameras caught the quarterback barking at his offensive coordinator.

Brady downplayed the dust-up, referring to the confrontation as “just football” after the game. And on Monday, Brady reiterated the sentiment.

“Josh is like a brother, so we spend a lot of time together and we’re both competitive and emotional, and you want things to go right all the time,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI, via the Boston Herald. “It’s part of the sport.”

Brady added McDaniels’ resume has earned the offensive coordinator another opportunity to land a head coaching job.

“Josh has had some opportunities, and any time you’re a great coach like him, you’re gonna get them,” Brady said. “It’s just a matter of time for Josh to get that opportunity, and he certainly deserves it. No one works harder than him or is more prepared. Josh is a phenomenal coach, and I’m lucky to be with him for all these years.

“I always hope we’re together, but there’s also great opportunities for him at some point down the road, so all that stuff happens later in the year. … Josh should be sought after because he’s the best coordinator in football.”

Sideline confrontations between coaches and players happen all the time in the NFL. While it might not make for the best look, so long as both parties ultimately end up on the same page, such incidents generally are much ado about nothing in hindsight.