Josh McDaniels’ wife Laura McDaniels was the subject of intense gossip as it was speculated that the trading of Peyton Hillis from Denver to Cleveland in 2010 had to do with her. According to Mark Schlereth and Alfred Williams, Mr. McDaniels soured on Peyton very quickly as a result of some roaming bachelor activities.
The conflict stemmed from Peyton Hillis allegedly hitting on Josh’s wife Laura McDaniels. Whether this happened at some sort of community fundraising function or an organization dinner is unclear, but it’s been called “common knowledge around the Broncos organization” by Schlereth and Williams, who apparently know their stuff. Peyton Hillis allegedly hit a round of golf with Kevin Costner after the trade was announced. Okay, so that last part was made up by me, but you see the tomfoolery of the whole thing. This rumor is tough to ignore if you trust the Schlereth rumor mill. After Hillis was traded, by the way, he had the season of his life. I wonder what could have upset McDaniels so much about Hillis hitting on her? Maybe she actually liked the guy? Who knows– this is all speculation, after all.
Anyway, Laura has sinced moved a number of time with Josh and their two kids. They went from Denver to St. Louis and back to New England where Josh started. Laura gave birth to her son Jack and daughter Maddie years ago while Josh was still working for New England. Hypothetically, if a player were to hit on Laura again, would Josh have enough power to get him benched and/or traded? I kind of think he’d have to suck it up this time, since I think Bellichick kind of runs the Patriots with an iron fist. If McDaniels told Bellichick he thought a player wasn’t good for the team, Bellichick might have to get a second opinion from his wife!