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“When you do this for a living, you’ve got a pretty good idea of most of the players. You may have coached them before. Guys just move cities,” Broncos coach John Fox said, noting that Denver plays his former team, Carolina, next year. “I just stay in my lane. Other people make those rules.”

McDaniels, 35, worked for New England from 2001-2008, including three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He left to coach the Broncos but was fired with three games left in his second season.

He spent this year as the offensive coordinator with St. Louis Rams, who went 2-14. Coach Steve Spagnuolo was fired last week, and McDaniels was allowed to leave for New England.

“I don’t really think too many guys are going to be thinking about that,” receiver Eddie Royal said. “We’ve got to worry about stopping Tom Brady and scoring points on this defense. I don’t think you can worry about who’s coaching them.”

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AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed to this story from Denver.

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