ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Josh McDaniels didn’t get to bring his protege with him from New England to Denver. He sure brought the Patriots’ management philosophies to the Mile High City, though.

Aside from the intricate Patriots-style offense he’s installing in place of the West Coast system that’s been here since the 1990s, the Broncos’ new coach is instilling a tenet prized by his mentor, Bill Belichick, who, for the sake of team unity, never panders to superstars.

It helps explain why McDaniels didn’t just hang up the phone when teams called about a three-way swap that would have sent his best player packing and brought Matt Cassel over from New England before he landed in Kansas City instead.

It also shows why McDaniels hasn’t acquiesced in the resulting feud with recalcitrant quarterback Jay Cutler, who now wants a trade.

One player McDaniels did get to bring with him to Denver is free agent wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who said McDaniels is just like Belichick in so many ways both on the football field and in the front office.

“Just how he handles business, the way he goes about treating everybody the same. Not showing favoritism to any one player who is supposed to be I guess a ‘star,'” Gaffney said. “They don’t care. They want a team. A team to go out there and win. Because the individuals won’t win.”

Gaffney saw those philosophies firsthand when McDaniels was New England’s offensive coordinator the last three years.

Even Tom Brady, a three-time Super Bowl winner, caught plenty of guff from McDaniels, Gaffney recounted.

“Yeah, I think Tom got (chewed out) just about as much as everybody else did. So, that’s great. Once you see your quarterback get talked to, then you know Coach is showing no favoritism,” Gaffney said.

“Everybody has to show up and play.”

Which is what the Broncos want Cutler, the face of their franchise, to do.

McDaniels is still waiting for Cutler to call him so they can try to work things out one last time. Cutler is in Nashville, Tenn., waiting for a phone call telling him the Broncos have heeded his request for a trade that he made Sunday through his agent, Bus Cook.

Just two weeks ago it was the other way around in this soap opera: Cutler throwing a fit because McDaniels tried to trade him.

With the standoff continuing Tuesday, recently-signed quarterback Chris Simms tossed around some footballs at the team’s training facility when the Broncos went outside for their first running drills of the offseason.

“Yeah, we’ve been throwing the ball around a little bit,” Gaffney said.

Simms, who has thrown just two passes since undergoing emergency surgery to remove his spleen after a game in 2006, signed a two-year, $6 million free agent deal ostensibly to serve as Cutler’s backup.

The only other quarterback on the roster is Darrell Hackney, whose next NFL pass will be his first.

In New England, Brady is notorious for his work ethic. But Gaffney said it wasn’t just that Brady led by example.

“Everybody is held accountable,” Gaffney said. “Tom did his thing, but I mean, whether he would have been there or not, everybody was going to go out there and work hard. Same thing that Josh kind of said in our team meeting: ‘Everybody that’s here, let’s go to work. We’re a team. That deal (with Cutler) with get handled.’

“So, we’ll love to have him here,” Gaffney said. “I was looking forward to meeting him. That will happen all in its time.”

Unless Cutler forces his way out of Denver.