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Josh McDaniels expresses ‘great confidence’ in Stevan Ridley

11.26.13 at 4:16 pm ET
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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday that despite Stevan Ridley’s recent struggles with ball security, he has “great confidence” in the running back Stevan Ridley. However, he added that Ridley’s issues are just part of a bigger problem when it comes to fumbles.

‘€œWhen things happen like this, in back-to-back games ‘€“ or in this case a few games in a row ‘€“ I think you certainly have to address what you can address in terms of trying to fix the problem,” McDaniels said of Ridley, who has lost fumbles in three straight games and four this season. “I have great confidence in Stevan as a runner. He’€™s been very productive in our offense. He’€™s done a lot of things. At the same time, obviously, ball security is the most important factor for our offense and for our team when we have the ball. We have to be part of the solution. We have to work with him.”

McDaniels was quick to point out that Ridley wasn’t the only player who put the ball on the ground Sunday against Denver. The Patriots had six fumbles, and lost three of them.

‘€œHe certainly wasn’€™t the only one that put the ball [on the ground] or got the ball knocked off of him the other night. We had way too many balls out, or balls on the ground, and turned the ball over a significant number of times. We were fortunate to overcome that, which is very rare,” he said. “I think our entire offense, we need to do a better job of taking care of the football, protecting when we have it, and making smart decisions and not giving the defense the opportunity to either strip it off of us, knock it off of us, whatever it may be. That’€™s a team thing. Our confidence, as an offense, you want to be able to protect the football no matter who you give it to. That’€™s our goal and that’€™s our focus, and we’€™ll work with everybody to try to fix the issues that certainly came up the other night.’€

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