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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
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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.”

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Josh McDaniels: ‘Our formula won’t change’ for Jacoby Brissett 09.19.16 at 11:54 am ET
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FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels has his hands full this week.

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
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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.”

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Josh McDaniels: No change in QB meeting room with Tom Brady suspended 09.13.16 at 1:34 pm ET
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Despite Tom Brady missing, Josh McDaniels said the quarterback room has remained the same. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Despite Tom Brady missing, Josh McDaniels said the quarterback room has remained the same. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

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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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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