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O’Brien and O’Shea: No OC? No problem

06.20.10 at 1:10 am ET
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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.

‘€œI’€™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. ‘€œWe 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.

‘€œEach one of us has a certain role that we’€™re asked. It’€™s clearly defined within our building,’€ O’€™Shea said. ‘€œWe 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.

‘€œI 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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