Josh McDaniels happy with performance of Patriots offense against Rams
|10.30.12 at 8:05 pm ET|
For the Patriots offense, Sunday represented one of the high-water marks of the 2012 season. Against the Rams, New England was able to put up 45 points (the second-best point total of the season), post 300-plus yards passing and 150-plus yards on the ground for the second time all year and score touchdowns on its first five possessions. All that was punctuated by the fact that quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t sacked for the first time all year, and you could understand why offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was happy with the performance.
But on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, New England’s offensive coordinator said there was still room for improvement.
“When you go into any week you hope to put together a plan that gives your guys a chance to go out there and execute and play fast and hopefully be productive, and then [when] the players go out and play the way they did it always makes you feel good,” McDaniels said. “There definitely, certainly [are] things we need to do better and we can improve on. I would say [there are] plenty of things over the course of any game that you can do better.”
McDaniels said one of the things that impressed him the most about New England’s offensive effort was the fact that the Patriots adapted some defensive looks they hadn’t seen before.
“I thought our guys did a good job of executing against some different looks that we hadn’t seen,” he said. “St. Louis presented us with some different challenges that we hadn’t necessarily seen before, but our guys followed their rules and reacted and executed even so and I think that’s a good thing and we need to do that on a consistent basis. It’s something that we haven’t necessarily done each week for four quarters and that has to be a focus for us going forward.”
McDaniels said that no matter the opponent or the situation, the goal of the offense is always the same.
“Coach always tells us that on offense, we go out there for one reason and one reason only — and he’s he’s 100 percent right — and that’s to score touchdowns,” he said of the offense, which scored touchdowns on six of its 10 possessions on Sunday. “That’s a simple goal that takes a lot of hard work, preparation, communication and execution to make a reality each week.
“I thought we took care of the football [and] we maintained a good balance between our run and pass game,” he added. “We really have been focusing hard on a lot of the situational plays and had some good production on third down, red zone, two-minute offense, those types of things. When your players go out and play the way that our guys did for the most part, it definitely makes you feel good.”