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Josh McDaniels on sideline spat with Tom Brady: ‘It’s never personal’

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Tuesday denied the existence of any bad blood between himself and Tom Brady following an incident Sunday, just as the quarterback did a day earlier.

The nature of a possible rift between the two stems from a sideline spat that occurred during Sunday’s 23-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. The confrontation in question occurred after Brady failed to convert on a third down despite several open receivers.

McDaniels approached Brady, who was coming off the field after the play and cameras caught the quarterback barking at his offensive coordinator.

McDaniels put the kibosh on any notion there’s residual animosity between himself and Brady.

“It’s a very competitive game, an emotional game. Things like that can happen,” McDaniels said Tuesday during a conference call, via the Boston Herald. “Being in the game a long time, and understanding Tommy’s a very emotional person, and player, it’s part of what makes him great. You understand those things happen. You know it’s never personal. You move on quickly from it. We did, and we have.

“I love Tom and all those things he stands for, and all those things he does for our team. That’s a situation where you understand it and move on quickly from it, and you focus on your job.”

Interestingly, Brady also mentioned during his comments Monday that McDaniels has earned the right to be a head coach in the NFL again. Rumors have since swirled that McDaniels makes for viable candidate for the New York Giants’ vacant head coaching position after Ben McAdoo was fired on Monday.

McDaniels, however, was not interested in addressing such chatter during Tuesday’s conference call.

“I’m just interested in the Dolphins (this week’s opponent) right now,” McDaniels said, via “That’s where my focus is at and that’s where it’s going to stay.”