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Jacoby Brissett on his role as a quarterback: ‘I’m a rookie. I just got here’ 05.11.16 at 9:58 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Just one minute into his first media scrum with reporters Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, Jacoby Brissett was hit with the Tom Brady questions.

Does he see himself competing with Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo at the quarterback position?

“I’m a rookie. I just got here. I’m trying to learn as much as I can and when my chance comes, it’ll come,” the quarterback out of North Carolina State told the horde.

What are his impressions of being in the same room with No. 12?

“Just the way he carries himself. Obviously, he’s a great player,” he added. “Just excited to have this opportunity to learn from him.”

How much is he looking forward to learning from Brady and Garoppolo?

“They’re great,” Brissett added. “They’re teaching me a lot now and [I] just continue to learn from them and try to be the best player that I can.”

Brissett, who is the only drafted rookie on the roster who hasn’t signed his contract, said he’s not worried about his contract but rather learning the playbook and what Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels expect from him.

“Definitely, definitely. They’re great coaches and I’m excited to be a part of the organization and get to learning,” Brissett added.

Much was made of Brissett’s pre-draft work with Bill Parcells, who said that Brissett would be a developmental quarterback, not quite ready to play right out of the gate.

“Right now just to take it all in and understand that it’s a great learning experience, a great opportunity to learn from some great people,” Brissett said. “We’re all still learning so we’re learning the ins and outs and what we’re supposed to do.

“It’s been great because a lot of those guys – we’re all learning – so it’s like nobody has a heads up on each other, so it’s been exciting.”

For the most part, Brissett’s answers were short and to the point, in keeping with most rookies who come through the Patriots system in their first year.

“It’s been a great experience. Learning every day and excited to be here,” Brissett said. “It’s been a great opportunity for all of us to get around this team and see why they do so well.”

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Josh McDaniels: Dante Scarnecchia ‘an incredible guy to have on our staff’ 05.03.16 at 3:22 pm ET
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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was as happy as anyone when it came to the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, and said as much when he met the media on Monday.

“This is one of the guys I would credit with teaching me a lot of the things that I’ve been fortunate enough to learn while I’ve been here in New England and pro football,” McDaniels said of Scarnecchia. “I have the utmost respect for him as a coach, and even more as a person. He’s an incredible guy to have on our staff. He’s a tremendous asset for me and for everybody else in the building. He’s works as hard as anybody else does. He’s as knowledgeable about offense, offensive line or anything else associated with that as anybody that I could imagine. And he’ll be a tremendous benefit to our team and to our offense this year.”

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Josh McDaniels on Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I feel comfortable that Jimmy knows what we’re doing’ 05.02.16 at 6:49 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels speaks Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Josh McDaniels speaks Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels on Monday sounded like a coach who isn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of Jimmy Garoppolo starting the season as the Patriots quarterback in Arizona.

McDaniels met with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Garoppolo on Monday and went over some material as they begin the long process of working up toward a game plan for the coming season.

Of course, part of that game plan might include Garoppolo calling signals for the first four games if Brady isn’t successful again in restoring his eligibility, which was taken away by the Second Circuit Appellate Court.

“Today, it was a short period of time. I feel comfortable that Jimmy knows what we’re doing,” McDaniels said Monday. “He’s confident and I think the guys are confident in Jimmy. He’s in third year now. He has those qualities. That’s a big part of the reason why you draft a quarterback, is that they demonstrate those things in college. We expect to see those from him and Jacoby and Tommy and anybody else that would be in that room.

“Like most quarterbacks that I’ve ever had a chance to work with, the first year you never feel like you catch up. It’s in some ways overwhelming. He works his butt off. He works hard every day. He cares about football. He loves the game. He wants to be good. This is his passion. And in Year 2, it was better. We’d expect him to take another step forward this year, too. But a lot of that is up to the player. We’re going to push hard and he’s reciprocated with the same level of hard work that we saw from him when he was a rookie. I’m eager to see how he continues to improve this year.”

Garoppolo has appeared in 11 games in his career, but, except for the Bills game at the end of the 2014 season, never with the outcome in question. He attempted only four passes last season, all in the season finale at Miami, completing his only pass of the 2015 season in the game.

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With all NFL head coaching jobs filled, Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia focused on Denver, not future 01.18.16 at 2:35 pm ET
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It appears like Josh McDaniels will be staying in New England as all the NFL head coaching vacancies have been filled. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It appears like Josh McDaniels will be staying in New England as all the NFL head coaching vacancies have been filled. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

At the end of the NFL regular season, there were seven head coaching jobs available. Two weeks later, there are none and both of the Patriots’ coordinators are still in New England.

Both Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia were asked about their situations and with all the jobs filled, does it mean they will be back with the Patriots next season?

Patricia reportedly interviewed with the Browns during the Patriots’ bye week, while McDaniels reportedly said he wouldn’t interview, as he was focused on the divisional round game.

“I’m just really focused on Denver,” Patricia said. “That was a couple weeks ago or whatever the situation was there. We’ve got a big challenge in front of us here trying to get ready for the Broncos. That’s really not a question that’s pertinent to this week.”

McDaniels felt the same way.

“I think that’s in the past now,” McDaniels said. “I’m focused strictly on this game and this week. I think all those things will play out in due time.”

While McDaniels didn’t interview anywhere, a number of teams reportedly showed interest, including the Dolphins, Giants, Titans and Lions.

Bill Belichick said he wasn’t even paying attention.

“Honestly, all the other things going on around in the league, I don’t pay too much attention to,” Belichick said. “Last week we were trying to get ready for Kansas City, this week we’ll get ready for Denver. There’s a protocol that has to be followed in the league and if it affects us I’ll follow those guidelines. But honestly, I don’t really care about it or think about it.”

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Is Josh McDaniels a possible candidate for Titans head coaching job? 01.14.16 at 9:29 am ET
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The Titans are expected to name former Patriots’ director of college scouting Jon Robinson as their new general manager as early as Thursday, which means New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could be in play as a possible head coaching candidate with the Titans.

Robinson had been with the Patriots since 2002 when he was an area scout. In 2006, he moved up the ladder, becoming regional scout. He was named assistant director of college scouting in 2008 before becoming director of college scouting in 2009. He then got the promotion to director of player personnel with the Bucs in 2014.

The Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt in November, after the team started the season 1-6 with No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota starting at quarterback. Mike Mularkey finished the year as the interim head coach.

McDaniels has been linked to several head coaching jobs since he return to New England as the offensive coordinator in 2012, and reportedly expressed interest in the Tennessee job earlier this month.

In other Patriots’ coaching news, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia — who interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in Cleveland — has lost out on the gig to Hue Jackson, who was officially tapped to lead the Browns on Wednesday.

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Josh McDaniels hypes Chiefs D as ‘the best defense we’ve played’ 01.11.16 at 12:32 pm ET
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Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) on Saturday. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Eric Berry (29) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) on Saturday. (John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports)

Call it building up the opponent, being overly cautious or just being reminded on film of what happened in Sept. 2014.

But Josh McDaniels made the case Monday for the Kansas City Chiefs having the best defense the Patriots will have faced this season. The Patriots have faced the Jets defense twice, the Broncos once and scored just 10 points against the Dolphins in the regular season finale. Still, it’s the Chiefs who just might present the most matchup issues for a Patriots offense that sputtered down the stretch.

McDaniels just watched the film of the Chiefs pulling of the first playoff shutout in the NFL in 10 years, blanking the Texans, 30-0, in Houston Saturday afternoon.

“Obviously, they’ve given up very few points and played their best football down the stretch, which is obviously an issue in terms of just being trying to finish drives or get down into the red area in the first place to try to score points on them,” McDaniels said. “They do a tremendous job on third down. They put you in a lot of third-and-long situations. They get off the field as well as any team we’ve played. They turn the ball over. They’ve got a real knack for creating issues in the passing game and then capitalizing on bad mistakes.”

That’s what happened when the Patriots were throttled last year in Kansas City, 41-14.

“All their guys seem to catch the ball very well,” McDaniels added. “There’s a lot of guys that have vision on the quarterback. Their coverage is tight. They compete and contest every throw and you’re going to have to really do a good job of execution to avoid giving them the opportunities to turn the ball over. And then they put a lot of pressure on the quarterback, and it’s not just the two guys on the edge. They’ve got multiple people that rush from the edge. They’ve got good blitzers, both in the secondary and the linebacking level. Those guys inside have been very disruptive in the pass rush as well. It’s a team that already won a playoff game. They’re obviously playing as well as any team we’ve played all year. And we would expect this to be the best defense we’ve played.”

The Chiefs defense allowed just 17.9 points per game, behind only Seattle and Cincinnati in the NFL. Their pass rush duo of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali is among the best in the NFL, with a combined 14 sacks.

“I think they’re both tremendous players,” McDaniels said. “Obviously, they’ve been tremendously disruptive. And [linebacker Dee] Ford has come on this year, the guy they drafted last year from Auburn, he’s had a better year. [LB Frank] Zombo makes plays in there. He played a lot this last week. [LB Dezman] Moses has played some, too. To me, we’re going to prepare for them to be out there on every single snap. It’s the postseason. I’m sure whatever their guys can do, they’re going to try and do. It’s the same thing as our guys. If they can be out there, they’ll be out there. We have a tremendous amount of respect for their entire defense. Those two edge guys, I’m not sure there’s a better combination in the league.

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Josh McDaniels ‘focused on Chiefs,’ not interviewing for other head coaching jobs at 10:52 am ET
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While not coming out and saying it, Josh McDaniels had no interest in seeking other head coaching jobs around the NFL. He’s much more interested and focused on getting Tom Brady and his offense ready for the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

McDaniels’ name once again came up in early talk about coaching vacancies in cities like Miami, Cleveland and New York (Giants). But word leaked late last week that he was taking his name out of consideration.

“I’m focused on the Chiefs and there’s nothing to report,” McDaniels said in a conference call Monday morning. “I’m excited for this week right now and don’t really have nothing to add to it.”

McDaniels, like Matt Patricia with the Browns, had a chance over the weekend to interview while the Patriots were resting on their bye. Why is this different for McDaniels?

“I think each year is different,” McDaniels said. “My focus is on the Chiefs and getting our team ready this year for this game. I’m excited to get a start on that preparation with the players this week.

“I think that there’s a lot of experiences that you have in coaching. If you learn from the experiences as you go through them, whether it’s as a coordinator, a position coach, a quality control coach, a head coach, whatever it might be, and you learn from those experiences, and take the good and take the bad and try to assess what you can do to be a better coach, a better staff member, what have you. Then hopefully we’re all improving. That’s the goal. Right now, my focus is on being the best coordinator and quarterback coach I can be for us so that we can get ready and have our best game of the year against the Chiefs right now.”

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