Josh McDaniels confident Patriots passing game will be better

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The Patriots relied on their rushing attack for most of their offensive success against the Bills in Week 16 as the passing game failed to catch fire.

That outing came after the news of wide receiver Josh Gordon‘s suspension and it featured a zero on the stat sheet for tight end Rob Gronkowski, which make for a pair of reasons why some wonder if the team can find enough success through the air to make a long playoff run. On Monday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels acknowledged the difficulty, but said he remained confident that the team will get it done on that front.

“I am. I mean, nobody is happy with what we did in the passing game yesterday, and it starts with me,” McDaniels said, via the Boston Herald. “I have to do a better job of getting us in the right positions no matter what the defense is doing and then get our guys to execute it properly when we have our opportunities. We have good stretches this year when we’ve executed well in one phase or the other. And we’ve had some stretches where we’ve executed in both phases. Certainly the opponents deserve a lot of credit when we are disrupted . . . we have to work hard to try to improve those things as quickly as we can because we have a huge challenge coming up.”

McDaniels said “there’s never one thing” that accounts for a down day and fixing enough of the issues to beat the Jets this Sunday will give the team time to work it all out before they play their first playoff game.

25 responses to “Josh McDaniels confident Patriots passing game will be better

  1. Who are they gonna throw too? PED Edelman, Frankenstein Gronk, Hogan who brady doesn’t like. So they will do 3 yard dump passes to the RBs. Well they could always go deep with Gordon oh wait. They are simply now a running team

  2. Brady looks like George Blanda
    Gronkowski looks like Jake Butt….unless TB12 comes up with the fountain of youth it’s not gettin any better

  3. TBH, when a running game is putting up like the Pats were last Sunday there is no reason to start throwing it. Better to just keep chewing up the clock with the lead. So I never really questioned it when they didnt start throwing. As far as Gronks zero catches, he was making his presence felt plenty in that running game so I wasn’t questioning that either.

  4. They’re def not firing on all cylinders but don’t let the Bills game fool you – they like to run against the Bills, and shoved nearly 300yds of dirt right don’t Buffalo’s throat. Job done.

  5. KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid and throw to the open receiver! The way Brady started his career and won 3 SBs. The same way Brady dissected the Seahawks in the 4th quarter and taking the lead that set a new NFL SB record.

    Force Brady in practice to find Dorsett and Hogan. Get Patterson running deep routes to stretch the field – the man has speed and size. Do you think you can use Hollister as a WR? If not don’t have Players that are just taking up space on the Roster but are unable to contribute. The Seahawks signed WR Chris Matthews off the street to play in SB 49 and he nearly won the game for them. Oh and by the way, Matthews is currently a Free Agent right now.

    Even more troubling for the Patriots is the disintegration of a Pass Rush that began last year and was never corrected with a much needed DE. Ofamba Kamalu should be a help and Belichick should not waited this long to have this guy in rotation, but better late then never. What the hell is wrong with BB anyway that he cannot find a decent DE? It is almost, as if, he purposely hamstrung the Defense up front.

  6. I’m scared my Ravens will have to play the Patriots in the playoffs. I can’t believe my coach couldn’t handle a little smack from Tom Brady after the playoff game a few years ago. Now they’re going to beat us bad.

    Not only are the Patriots better than my team but their fans are too.

  7. terripet says:
    December 26, 2018 at 7:18 am
    Once you replace Brady…
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    I have heard from reliable sources that Belichick, the Kraft family, and Brady have reached an agreement that Brady will not be replaced until he surpasses Peyton Manning’s record of nine one and done post-seasons. And, given Brady’s average of two one and done every fifteen post-seasons, it will be about another 60 years before Tom Brady is replaced. 🙂

  8. revren10 says:
    December 26, 2018 at 8:18 am
    Who are they gonna throw too? PED Edelman, Frankenstein Gronk, Hogan who brady doesn’t like. So they will do 3 yard dump passes to the RBs. Well they could always go deep with Gordon oh wait. They are simply now a running team
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    Mythbuster- Brady throws to a wider variety of receivers than any other QB. That’s per game and he also holds the league record for throwing to more receivers than wnyone befoer him.

    Binky theory dispelled.

    Regarding Gronk, they are saving him from the cheap shot artists by not sending him downfield to get nailed in the back. They don’t tackle him anymore, just take career ending shots.

  9. AFC is wide open. Every team has warts and can either play lights out or stink it up on any given day. Should make for some fun games!

  10. I bet if the Patriots executed that Raiders punt return Monday night my weakling coach Harbaugh would cry about it. That’s who he is sadly.

    Must be nice to have a real man as a coach in Belichick. Only morons call him Belicheat but smart and objective fans like me know better.

  11. solo681 says:
    December 26, 2018 at 9:00 am
    KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid and throw to the open receiver! The way Brady started his career and won 3 SBs.

    You can’t make apple pie if all you have is peaches. Pats work a system around the available talent at the moment. That’s why no one else has such a system. It requires constant updates and revisions.

  12. “You can’t make apple pie if all you have is peaches. Pats work a system around the available talent at the moment. That’s why no one else has such a system. It requires constant updates and revisions.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Lame excuses for many reasons = #1 They have enough talent on Offense – not the best, but enough. #2 Their System isn’t working so FIX IT = that is the job of BB, McDaniels and others #3 Keep BB away from the Draft. BB could not pick a WR if his life depended on it. #4. constant updates and revisions mean – YOU SUCK with your Personnel decisions with the exception due to injuries, which every team deals with. That is what the many Practice Squads, Undrafted Players and FA are there for. #5 Letting Dion Lewis and Amendola go as oppossed to the useless Dorsett and Jacob Hollister was major FAIL.

  13. revren10 says:
    December 26, 2018 at 8:18 am
    Who are they gonna throw too? PED Edelman, Frankenstein Gronk, Hogan who brady doesn’t like. So they will do 3 yard dump passes to the RBs. Well they could always go deep with Gordon oh wait. They are simply now a running team
    -0
    Mythbuster- Brady throws to a wider variety of receivers than any other QB. That’s per game and he also holds the league record for throwing to more receivers than wnyone befoer him.

    Binky theory dispelled.

    Regarding Gronk, they are saving him from the cheap shot artists by not sending him downfield to get nailed in the back. They don’t tackle him anymore, just take career ending shots.

    Yeah he throws a bunch of dink and donk passes to his running backs. Saving Gronk the dude can’t run, he has as much speed as a tombstone.

  14. Run game going to be Huge anyway. Lac Kc both much better at rushing the QB than at stopping the Run. Use creative running plays with the RB’s,use Gadget running plays with the WRs.
    That has been the Strength of the Offense this year. Once stopped the gadget plays the O stalled.

  15. solo681 says:
    December 26, 2018 at 11:30 am
    “You can’t make apple pie if all you have is peaches. Pats work a system around the available talent at the moment. That’s why no one else has such a system. It requires constant updates and revisions.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Lame excuses for many reasons = #1 They have enough talent on Offense – not the best, but enough. #2 Their System isn’t working so FIX IT = that is the job of BB, McDaniels and others #3 Keep BB away from the Draft. BB could not pick a WR if his life depended on it. #4. constant updates and revisions mean – YOU SUCK with your Personnel decisions with the exception due to injuries, which every team deals with. That is what the many Practice Squads, Undrafted Players and FA are there for. #5 Letting Dion Lewis and Amendola go as oppossed to the useless Dorsett and Jacob Hollister was major FAIL.

    Yet here they are poised to be the #2 seed. Another record for Division wins, in ANY sport, Oversimplification is not an ethos appropriate for this venue. Yeah, they suck. almost as bad as those who lamely try to evaluate them lacking true football knowledge. Anecdotals won’t get you through life son.

  16. The Truth says:
    December 26, 2018 at 8:28 am
    Brady looks like George Blanda-


    That’s a compliment for any player in any generation. If you never saw him play then read up on him. One of the most amazing figures in NFL history.

  17. revren10 says:
    December 27, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    itsalwaysabout says:

    December 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Ask Seattle or Atlanta if dink & dunk works.

    We should also ask the Giants

    Thanks for bringing that up. Those were the years they abandoned the dink & dunk as you call it. Which team that throws downfield all day last won a Super Bowl?

  18. They never have abandoned the dunk and dunk passes. The eagles torched the pats in the Super Bowl last year with down the field passes

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