Brady enjoying an old, familiar face

Brady enjoying an old, familiar face
May 31, 2012, 7:59 pm
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FOXBORO -- Of the new, old faces at Patriots OTAs, one spent a good deal of time telling Tom Brady what to do.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels.
(Did you think it'd be Gaffney or Stallworth?)
It's been two years since McDaniels was in New England; a head coaching job in Denver wooed him away and an OC position in St. Louis detained him further. But he's quickly fallen into step since returning.
And Brady is thrilled.
"It's been a lot of fun. Billy O'Brien was great. He was a great coach. I certainly miss him. At the same time it's nice to have familiarity with Josh kind of stepping into that role. I really enjoy him. We've had a great working relationship for a very long time. It's good to see him out there and work together. It's been a fun spring."
Is it same old, same old? Or does McDaniels have a stronger voice since heading a team?
"It's hard to say. It's so early," said Brady. "And I really enjoyed working with him in the past. I really hope that that continues. He obviously has more experience, so hopefully that serves us all well. I have a little bit more experience as well."
The spark won't be relit as obviously as it was when, say, Brady and Deion Branch reunited -- on-field chemistry being so easily marked. But the quarterback believes he and McDaniels are off to a good start.
The shared desire for winning makes a strong bond. What differences they realize will be handled.
"There's always getting up to speed with certain things that have changed, with what he's done the last three or four years. And certainly we've changed. But his competitiveness is still there. His willingness to do whatever it takes to win is still there. He loves football, that's why we get along so well."