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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Josh McDaniels Taunted Us Before The Game: Chargers

Prior to the Broncos' Sunday loss to the Chargers, Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels may have taunted the San Diego linebackers saying "We own you guys." Chargers Linebackers Shawne Merriman and Stephen Cooper have both confirmed the rumor in a tweet.

Shaun Phillips told The San Diego Union-Tribune:

It's all good, all fun and games. We didn't look too much into it. As a coach, I hope [McDaniels] has that mind-set. But to say he owns us? I mean, you beat us one time. What has he really done in this league?

SportsbyBrooks commented that:

McDaniels' gambling style of coaching has mostly backfired on the Broncos this season - but that's something most fans can live with. But inappropriate emotional outbursts at opponents, who then proceed to humiliate you, is a whole 'nother story. That's something perhaps McDaniels' mentor, Bill Belichick, can get away with. But not a first year coach, no matter his prized pedigree.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated also confirmed the rumor via tweet, but believes McDaniels was reacting to something Shaun Phillips said.