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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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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss how head coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the Patriots are getting ready for the opening of training camp with Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the NFL season. Belichick says getting Jimmy Garoppolo ready for the season is the priority.

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Josh McDaniels: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo both will get ‘plenty of reps’ in training camp at 12:59 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Wednesday that both Tom Brady and  Jimmy Garoppolo will “get plenty of reps” throughout training camp.

McDaniels said that even with Brady facing a four-game ban, when it comes to all three quarterbacks on the roster — including rookie Jacoby Brissett — each one of them will get a lot of opportunities this summer.

“We usually split them up pretty evenly. We don’t put anybody in first or second groups of third groups or anything like that at this point,” McDaniels said of the way reps are distributed at this time on the calendar. “What we really try to focus on is getting everybody opportunities to work on their fundamentals and techniques, to work with the different players that are on our team, because we don’t know right now who is going to be doing what necessarily, six or seven weeks from now.

“They’re both going to get plenty of reps. So will Jacoby. We’re going to do what we’ve normally done in the past. All those guys have things we can get better at, and we’re excited to coach them all and work with every one of them.”

McDaniels was asked if the sense of clarity around the quarterback position — as opposed to the same time last year — makes it easier to prepare for the season.

“It’s always good to know what you’re dealing with, so in that regard, we have an opportunity to focus on the things that, as we go through camp, maybe we need to do more of or less of,” McDaniels said. “But that really happens at all positions. Not just the quarterback position. As an offense and as a coordinator, you have to continue to focus on what your group needs through camp anyway. It’s always good to have an idea of what you may be dealing with, but as we all know in our game, it’s one play here, one play there, an injury here, an injury there, and then things change dramatically from week to week and day to day.”

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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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