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When it comes to Josh McDaniels and his relationship with the Broncos’ fan base, let’s just say it’s a good thing that last year’s Patriots-Broncos matchup, and the showdown Sunday night on national TV, are both in Foxborough.
“He is not one of the most welcome guys here in the city,” said Alfred Williams, a former Pro Bowl defensive end for the Broncos and now a Denver sports radio host. “Hurricane Josh. He brought a lot of pain, and a lot of mistrust.”
McDaniels, the Patriots’ 37-year-old offensive coordinator, was the Broncos’ head coach for not quite two seasons, compiling an 11-17 record in 2009-10 before being relieved of his duties with four games left in the 2010 season. He is mostly remembered by the locals as the guy who instilled a culture of secrecy and paranoia, coached a team that started 6-0 in 2009 but finished 8-8 and didn’t make the playoffs, and traded away popular players Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall.