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Belichick: ‘Good To Have Josh’ Back On Patriots

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) talks with quarterback Matt Casel with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels by his side. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) talks with quarterback Matt Casel with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels by his side. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Josh McDaniels will be back with the New England Patriots Saturday night as they take on the Denver Broncos, and his head coach couldn’t be happier to have him back.

“It’s good to have Josh on the staff. He’s a person I’ve spent a lot of different time with, in a lot of different situations, and I have a lot of confidence in him,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during a conference call Monday afternoon. “He’s smart, has great experience and background, and he knows our system.”

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“I’ve enjoyed our conversations the last couple days. We’ve got caught up on some things. As we move forward into the playoffs here, and I think he’ll be a good asset to our team for the remainder of the season. We’ll deal with next year, next year.”

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McDaniels rejoins the Patriots, who he left in 2009 to take over the Denver Broncos, and will assume the role of offensive coordinator when Bill O’Brien officially steps down to take the Penn State head coaching job. He originally served as Pats offensive coordinator from 2006-2008.

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He will be with the team this weekend, but Belichick would not say in what role, or if McDaniels would coach from the sidelines or up in the booth. All of that will be figured out at some point this week.

“We’ll probably talk about those things as we get a little closer to game time. Right now we’re really just concentrating on our game plan and our scouting report preparations for Denver,” said Belichick. “As we get through the week and later in the week, we’ll talk about game day logistics. Again, he’s been here before. We’ve all worked together. I don’t really anticipate it being a problem.

Tune in to the Patriots-Broncos playoff game Saturday night at 8pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Pregame coverage begins Saturday at 5pm with Patriots Preview on 98.5, with a special edition of Patriots GameDay on WBZ-TV at 7pm. After the game, stay tuned for Patriots Postgame on The Hub, and Patriots 5th Quarter on WBZ-TV.

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