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Matt Patricia has his radar on for Bills ‘very complex’ run game: ‘They’re going to keep coming after you’ 09.26.16 at 12:03 pm ET
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Sep 25, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) dives to try and make a tackle on Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second half at New Era Field. Bills beat the Cardinals 33-18. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second half Sunday. Bills beat the Cardinals 33-18. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Stopping the run sounds like such a fundamentally easy concept.

With the Buffalo Bills, it’s anything but. On Sunday, the Bills ran roughshod over the Cardinals defense in a 33-18 win at New Era Field in Orchard Park that interjected a much-needed shot of life into the team from Western New York.

LeSean McCoy ran just 17 times but totaled 110 yards, including touchdown runs of 24 and five yards. Their quarterback, the newly minted Tyrod Taylor finally paid dividends, running the ball nine times for 76 yards, including a 49-yard gallop and a 20-yard touchdown run.

Even Mike Gillislee, the third-year back out of Florida (second in Buffalo), made his 2016 debut, carrying three times for 20 yards.

In all, the Bills ran 32 times for 208 yards. It’s a big reason why the Bills are averaging 4.7 yards per carry over the first three weeks, fourth best in the NFL. All of these numbers should not come as a surprise as Rex Ryan is the Bills head coach.

“It’s a very complex run game,” Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. “It has a lot of different facets to it. It has both zone and a scheme element to it, along with the quarterback run. And certainly, when you take a look at the guys up front, they do a great job of blocking and staying on their blocks. They’re big and strong and they drive guys off the ball. They do a great job of just staying with it.”

“Their running game definitely gives you a lot of problems,” Belichick said Monday. “The overall scheme that they employ is challenging as well with the read-option scheme, zone schemes, and then some blocking scheme plays. Double teams, pullers, combination blocks; they have all of that. I also thought that Gillislee gave them some good, strong runs in some short-yardage and red area type situations as well. Obviously, McCoy is as good as it gets. The production that he has had is outstanding so he’s a very difficult guy to handle. So yeah, they give you a lot of different problems there between, like I said, not only the players but also the different schemes that they employ.”

“Ground and Pound” has always been a Rex Ryan staple and now, with first-year offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn re-joining Ryan in Buffalo after serving as Ryan’s running backs coach, the philosophy is more prevalent than ever.

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After facing him in 2015, Matt Patricia ready for ‘a very tough, strong’ Brock Osweiler 09.19.16 at 12:59 pm ET
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Sep 18, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) passes downfield during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Brock Osweiler (17) passes downfield during the fourth quarter against the Chiefs Sunday at NRG Stadium. (Erik Williams/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The ending may have been unpleasant but when Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick pop in the film of last year’s regular season game in Denver, they will no doubt recall things about Brock Osweiler that could help them Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

In that game that resulted in the first loss of the season for the Patriots after a 10-0 start, Osweiler was just effective enough to allow the Broncos and their defense to hang around.

Osweiler was 23-of-42 for 270 yards, a touchdown and an interception. That was the game the Patriots led, 21-7, before Chris Harper’s muffed punt changed everything, allowing the Broncos the momentum to score 17 unanswered points. Osweiler, filling in the for the injured Peyton Manning, won his first three starts, including a win over the Bears in Chicago. He was 4-2 in six games before getting yanked from the season finale against the Chargers that the Broncos needed to secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

In the offseason, the 6-foot-7 Osweiler made the most of his time in Denver, signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans. Now Osweiler has opened with two wins, a come-from-behind win against the Bears and a 19-12 win over the Chiefs on Sunday. He’s completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 499 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

“This is a very tough, strong guy from our experience of playing him last year,” Patricia said. “He definitely does a good job of staying in the pocket, making some reads and making some plays. I think the thing about him that they’ve done a great job of down in Houston is really kind of teaching him their system, getting him to make the reads, really kind of allow him to get the ball into their playmakers’ hands, spread it around and have a good sense of what the defense is in ahead of time. Really, just playing smart, a really mature approach with the system that their running.

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A fired-up Matt Patricia is ready for his defense to lead the way: ‘It’s a critical time for us’ 07.27.16 at 11:21 pm ET
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Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

FOXBORO — Sporting a black Patriots cap under the pedestrian bridge in the north end of Gillette Stadium, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia Wednesday sounded like a coach who’s ready to have his unit step up and help Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots get off to a fast start this season.

For the last two seasons, it’s been the defense that has led the way in the first quarter of the season as Tom Brady and the offensive line found their form.

In 2014, the team had big issues on the offensive line and it was the defense that held things together as the team struggled to a 2-2 start.

Last year, the team started 4-0 but it was the defense that had big moments against the Steelers on Opening Night, held the Jaguars to 17 points and limited the Cowboys to six points.

This season, the challenge is that much bigger with Garoppolo subbing in for the suspended Tom Brady in the first four games. The expectation from so many observers is that it’s the defense that’s going to have to lead the way. Patricia sounded a cautious tone at first, saying there’s so much work to be done between Thursday’s first day of camp and Sept. 11 when the Patriots take the field in Arizona.

“I think right now the challenge for the defense is to make sure we have good meetings and make sure we get all the information out that I can get out in the time that’s allowed,” Patricia said. “I’m real excited to be out there [Thursday]. So, for us, that’s our focus. It’s very much in the short term. It’s just about trying to put the guys out there together, build on what we did this spring, which was great. Go out there [Thursday] and improve.”

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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia among those to attend Robert Kraft’s birthday party 06.05.16 at 10:02 am ET
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Robert Kraft turns 75 years old on Sunday and there was a party held for the Patriots owner Saturday night.

Among those in attendance were Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and others, which we know thanks to the pictures from comedian Lenny Clarke.

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Matt Patricia, Patriots coaches can stop ‘staring at each other’ and get back to working with players 05.03.16 at 4:27 pm ET
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Matt Patricia

FOXBORO — Now the fun really begins for the Patriots’ coaching staff.

Ever since the day the Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC championship in Denver, Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and the entire staff has been working on putting together a new roster to hit the ground running with in the spring so they get get started with on-field prep for the 2016 season.

This week, in the days immediately following the draft, the Patriots’ staff can finally move on from the first offseason phase, which has included free agency, trades, veteran workouts and the draft.

“For us, the focus is really, right now, is [this week],” Patricia said during an offseason media availability at Gillette Stadium. “[This week] is Phase 2 of the offseason program where now we’ve got the guys out on the field. We can actually go out and see the new guys that we have in, see the guys coming back from being away. That’s really kind of our focus.”

The “guys” Patricia is referencing are veterans already on the roster or newcomers like defensive ends Chris Long and Frank Kearse, nose tackle Terrance Knighton and linebackers Shea McClellin and Ramon Humber and defensive back E.J. Biggers.

“Every year is a new year for us,” Patricia said. “We have to start over every year. You take the guys that come in as veteran players, guys that have gone from first-year rookies to now second-year players, the progression that they have to make, along with free agents you’ve signed that have to now kind of incorporate along with the eventual rookies and draft picks and free agents, when we finally get those guys in. So, for us it’s just a process. Basically, just starting from scratch, starting over, getting everybody back in, starting to work the offeseason program, the running and the conditioning, the [weight] lifting, all that stuff right now.

“We’ll get into the information part of it here where we’ll start learning a little bit about the defense and what we do and things like that. It’s exciting for me, it’s exciting for us as a staff to kind of have everybody back. [Coaches] sit in rooms for a couple of months and stare at each other. When the players finally get back, that’s really what’s exciting, is when we get those guys back and now we get the opportunity to get back to football.”

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Bill Belichick shows up at Georgia pro day 03.16.16 at 11:48 am ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been spotted at several pro days this month — on Wednesday, he popped up at Georgia, along with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

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Browns Exec: Only a matter of time before Matt Patricia gets head coaching gig 02.25.16 at 10:26 am ET
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Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in his career with the Patriots, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia got some buzz as a potential head coaching candidate this offseason, garnering an interview with the Browns. Speaking at the combine Thursday morning, Cleveland’s Executive Vice President Sashi Brown explained why he wanted to talk to Patricia, as well as Patricia’s potential as a head coach in the NFL.

“Matt’s a talented young coach,” said Brown — a Framingham native — while speaking with reporters at the combine. “(He’s) passionate. Relates well to players, similar to Hue (Jackson). Very innovative in his approach. He’s tough and holds players accountable. Comes out of a tremendous system with unparalleled success, really, in New England under (Bill) Belichick and the Krafts. So for all those reasons, his experience in a successful organization, his ability to relate to players, his toughness, his accountability and intelligence — his raw intelligence is off the charts — I think Matt will be a head coach here shortly in the league. We thought Hue was the right coach for us, but (Patricia) was an impressive young man and glad we interviewed him.”

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