|Josh McDaniels reunites with Tom Brady, proclaims the QB ‘looks ready to go’||10.04.16 at 12:19 pm ET|
Even without Tom Brady, the first four weeks of the season flew by for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. But on Tuesday, McDaniels said in a conference call that it was great seeing his quarterback back in the building Monday, getting ready for a game this Sunday.
Even better, McDaniels said Brady looks more than ready to go.
“I didn’t notice any difference,” McDaniels said. “It was four weeks. I felt like it went fast and Tommy is ready to go and looks ready to go. We’ll see how everything goes [Wednesday] at practice and kind of just build one day-at-a-time as we go through the week.”
Bill Belichick and Brady have both said in the past that it’s very difficult for a player who’s missed time to jump on board the “moving train” that is the Patriots in the regular season. McDaniels said he’s confident Brady will be able to cope. Moreover, McDaniels said preparations for Cleveland this week shouldn’t be that much different than any other week, even with Brady back.
“It’s going to be as normal as it could be,” McDaniels said. “I think the biggest thing is to just go through our preparation as we normally do to prepare for the opponent and prepare for what our game plan is and how we want to execute it and go out there and use our opportunities on the practice field to execute and to get back into playing football and being with his teammates and running our offense and doing the things we ask the quarterback to do here.
“I don’t see it being much different than a normal game week and we’ll try to do all the right things in terms of preparing and getting ready to play a team that we don’t know very well and that we’re going to study hard to get to familiar with and go there and play a game on the road in a tough place to play.”
|Josh McDaniels on K&C dismisses rumor that Patriots aren’t happy with Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I’ve never had a question of any of our players’ toughness’||10.03.16 at 10:48 am ET|
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels checked in with Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning to dissect Sunday’s 16-0 loss to the Bills and discuss the team’s quarterback situation, with Tom Brady set to return from his four-game suspension. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
McDaniels said it was not clear until “a few hours before kickoff” who would start at QB, as both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have been dealing with injuries.
“We were getting everybody ready to go, and those two guys certainly were involved in the preparation,” McDaniels said. “Anytime you’re dealing with the things that they’re dealing with, it really comes down to ultimately a medical clearance the day of the game. When we’re going through our meetings, our walk-throughs — and both of them were limited last week in practice to what they could do — the best thing you can do as a coach is try to prepare them to play as they’re cleared and have them ready to go mentally. And wherever they’re at physically, you try to manage that the best you can if they’re cleared to play. So that’s what we were doing. Our process was the same as it normally is.
“Then yesterday when I was told that that was the situation, that Jacoby would play and Jimmy would be inactive, then we move forward at that point with that scenario.”
Added McDaniels: “Both guys were involved in all of our meetings, all of our practices, all the practice films. They were both ready to go in terms of understanding the game plan and knowing exactly what we were going to ask them to do and how we were going to try to play the game. So there was no change at that point. Just the decision was made, and so Jacoby was up. We had a couple of final quick meetings about a couple of things and that was it.”
McDaniels dismissed the rumor that Bill Belichick is not pleased with Garoppolo’s willingness to tough it out and play through his shoulder injury.
“Jimmy worked hard to get ready to go all week,” McDaniels said. “I don’t have any knowledge of any of that stuff. I just know he was trying as hard as he could to prepare to play. And then yesterday they told me that Jacoby would be the starter.”
Added McDaniels: “I’ve never had a question of any of our players’ toughness.”
|Josh McDaniels on K&C: ‘I have a lot of respect for Rex [Ryan], and what he says is usually the truth’||09.26.16 at 10:36 am ET|
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, checking in with Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning, heaped praise on Bills coach Rex Ryan, who already has started talking tough as the teams prepare for next Sunday’s matchup in Foxboro. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
After his Bills knocked off the Cardinals on Sunday, Ryan said he doesn’t care who starts behind center for the Patriots, his team will come at the QB regardless.
McDaniels took the high road.
“I have a lot of respect for Rex, and what he says is usually the truth,” McDaniels told K&C. “They’ll blitz, they’ll bring a lot of different packages each week to try to disrupt the quarterback, whichever team he’s playing. They obviously played very well yesterday against Arizona.
“We’re going to have to be ready for all that stuff, because he always keeps you on your toes, makes it difficult. Certainly one of the best defensive coaches that we’ll ever play against. His team played very well yesterday.”
With Jimmy Garropolo and Jacoby Brissett nursing injuries, McDaniels said it isn’t clear who will be calling signals next Sunday.
“I don’t know that. I haven’t seen them in a few days,” he said. “Hopefully all those guys continue to get better. We’ll see them tomorrow. Hopefully they’re all ready to go. That would be the goal, that would be the hope as we head into this week. But as of right now, I don’t know that.”
|Josh McDaniels: ‘Our formula won’t change’ for Jacoby Brissett||09.19.16 at 11:54 am ET|
Not only does the Patriots offensive coordinator have to plan for J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney and the Texans defense on a short week, he is faced with the likely scenario of preparing a rookie quarterback to handle his offense.
“We always try to do what’s right for the week,” McDaniels said Monday in a conference call with reporters. “You know there are a lot of variables that go into that and certainly we consider all positions, so if we have some situation where we’re missing somebody on the offensive line, or receiver position, tight ends, you know, quarterback, running back – we consider all of those variables as we prepare our plan for the opponent that we’re playing and then have to consider the opponent considerably and the problems that they present and try to come up with the right plan for the week.
“So, our formula won’t change. We’ll just try to figure out exactly what it is that we feel best about based on the circumstances that we’ll have ultimately for the game and then try to go out there and play our best on Thursday night.”
If indeed Brissett takes the helm Thursday, McDaniels says he and the staff saw enough positive things Sunday in his relief effort of Jimmy Garoppolo to have the confidence that he can handle the pressure. His first two passes in the second quarter – both to Julian Edelman – fell incomplete. Then he found a wide open Martellus Bennett on the first drive of the third quarter for a 37-yard gain and he was off and running. Brissett completed six of his final seven passes for 92 yards while running four times for 12 yards.
“A lot of positives. Jacoby’s a rookie that doesn’t have any game experience and yet when he went into the game I didn’t think – he had good poise and composure and managed the situation well initially,” McDaniels said. “And then had an opportunity to talk at halftime about some things that we wanted to do in the second half and I thought he took advantage of his opportunities. Like every quarterback who’s a young player, you’re going to learn things as you play and perform in regular season games that you’ve never had an opportunity to experience.
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|Josh McDaniels on K&C: Bringing in QB ‘not a thing we have to do,’ but experienced signal-caller ‘would surely help’||at 10:33 am ET|
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels check in with Kirk & Callahan on Monday morning to discuss the team’s quarterback situation, including whether the team might bring in an emergency fill-in for the next couple of weeks. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Patriots are down to their third-string signal-caller, rookie Jacoby Brissett, after Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury during Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Dolphins. Assuming Garoppolo is out for a while — McDaniels said he didn’t know the extent of the injury, but he expected to learn more later Monday morning — there has been a lot of speculation about what the Patriots might do as they look to survive the next two games before Tom Brady returns from his suspension. McDaniels did not rule out bringing in a new player despite having a short week of preparation, with the Texans on their way in for a Thursday game at Gillette.
“We haven’t had this situation here a lot, but I’ve actually experienced it before,” McDaniels said, referencing a situation that occurred when he was offensive coordinator with the Rams in 2011. “In St. Louis we had guy we brought in a short week, actually on a Wednesday to play on a Sunday because we had a couple of freak things happen there. He had no experience in our system, and [we got] him ready to do the things we thought he could do. [He] went out there and did the best he could — it was Kellen Clemens — at the time.
“Experience in our system, I don’t know how many guys [are] out there that have it. There’s not many. But if somebody’s out there that does have experience in the system and we felt like that was the best alternative or the best option that we could get, that would surely help. But it’s certainly not a thing we have to do.”
McDaniels had some good things to say about Brissett, who completed 6-of-9 passes for 92 yards after being rushed into action late in the second quarter.
“Jacoby’s really a calm individual,” McDaniels said. “He’s been that way since we brought him in for his interview. We tried to put him under pressure when we first brought him in here before the draft. He didn’t flinch then. Really, he’s a guy that is very difficult to fluster. He’s young, doesn’t have much experience, obviously and is learning every week and every day. But I thought his poise and his composure yesterday showed. I didn’t feel like he was rattled on the sideline when it was his opportunity to get in there. I felt like he handled the huddle and the line of scrimmage from critical situations well, threw the ball accurately.
“That’s what we saw in the preseason. When we gave him an opportunity to play and do the things that he does well, he executed his job. And that’s really going to be the focus. If he’s out there playing then we’ve got to do a good job of putting him in position to do the things that he does well, and not worry about trying to do things that we wish we could do. If there’s something that we have to cater to a specific position, whether that’s a lineman, a tight end, a quarterback or a receiver because those are the things that they do well, then that’s what we’re going to try to do each week.”
|Josh McDaniels: No change in QB meeting room with Tom Brady suspended||09.13.16 at 1:34 pm ET|
There’s been a lot of speculation and debate when it comes to the dynamic of the Patriots quarterbacks this summer and now into the season.
With Tom Brady suspended for the first four games, Jimmy Garoppolo’s playing time in the preseason was different than most starting NFL quarterbacks, especially in the third game when Brady saw time in the second quarter.
Then, last week Garoppolo said it was a “smoother operation” with Brady gone and there just being two quarterbacks — he and Jacoby Brissett.
Much has been made of Brady and Garoppolo’s relationship and some took the “smoother operation” comment as Garoppolo being happy now that Brady is now gone for the first four weeks. That likely wasn’t the case and he was just referring to there being defined roles now that the season has begun.
Patriots offense coordinator Josh McDaniels was asked about the quarterback meeting room and if he sensed a change last week with Brady missing. He said there was no difference.
“I don’t think anything really changed,” McDaniels said on a conference call Tuesday. “When we go in there I try and coach all the quarterbacks that are in the room the same. They are all expected to know the information and go out there and execute it. It’s my job to teach them whatever their role is or whatever their responsibility is on each play. Whether it’s been those guys or a different group in the past, two of them this year, three of them this year, whatever the group is, it doesn’t change the dynamic at all. I am teaching. They’re learning and listening and we’re trying to go out there and play quarterback the best we can and do whatever is asked of us at that position this week.
“It really wasn’t any change and just two guys instead of three preparing hard for the game and doing everything they could to get ready. Hopefully we’re going to do that each week going forward.”
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|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, how Patriots will cope||07.27.16 at 3:50 pm ET|
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