O’Brien and O’Shea: No OC? No problem
|06.20.10 at 1:10 am ET|
We all know they’ll be no coordinators for the Patriots in 2010. While we didn’t get a chance to ask de facto defensive coordinators Matt Patricia and Pepper Johnson what they think about it during the recently concluded minicamp, we did get a chance to talk to two offensive coaches — quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien and wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea — what they thought of the set-up and how things were coming along.
The Patriots didn’t have an offensive coordinator last season, and without an OC, several different people were involved in play calling: O’Brien, coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and director of player personnel Nick Caserio all acknowledged they had a some sort of role in the process in 2009.
While O’Brien appeared to take a lead role with the offense in 2009 — and is likely to have the same sway over the offense so far this year — he said to look for more of the same type of collaboration in 2010.
“I’m coaching the quarterbacks, and it’s a collaborative effort with the other assistants — Dante, Ivan, Brian, Chad, Brian Flores, and obviously Bill,” O’Brien said. “We all work together and just try to determine what we have out there offensively and go to practice every day, try to accomplish certain goals every day, and that’s what we try to do. So, [my] role hasn’t changed.”
While Belichick has said on multiple occasions he’s not a big believer in titles, he does believe in the long-held maxim that everyone sees when they walk in the front door at Gillette Stadium: Do your job. To that point, O’Shea said one of the reasons that it works is because everyone has a clearly defined role.
“Each one of us has a certain role that we’re asked. It’s clearly defined within our building,” O’Shea said. “We just come out here and do the best job we can coaching up the guys we have. We work real well with each other within that role. I’m very happy to be a great offensive staff I think we have here with the other guys.
“I don’t know if it’s unique or not. That’s the system that’s in place now. It’s a great system. We’re here to do our job, and do the job we’re asked to do.”
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