Patriots never practiced offensive package that led to winning TD

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After their 13-3 victory over the Rams was in the books, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick praised offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for making an adjustment to the personnel the team was working with on offense.

With the Patriots offense sputtering in the fourth quarter, McDaniels went with a package that featured two tight ends, wide receiver Julian Edelman, running back Rex Burkhead and fullback James Develin. That’s a jumbo group, but McDaniels spread them out in an attempt to take advantage of mismatches with linebackers in pass coverage and it worked out with four straight completions to set up Sony Michel‘s go-ahead touchdown run.

The Rams didn’t expect that adjustment. Tight end Dwayne Allen told Peter King after the game that the Patriots didn’t have it ready to go either.

“It was a pretty amazing thing,’’ Allen said. “Hats off to the Rams. They really knew us. They played us great. But football’s about in-game adjustments. Josh told us on the sideline, ‘We did not practice this at all coming into this game, and I realize that, but this is going off in my head, and it’s something I think we need to do.'”

McDaniels was proven correct and the Patriots’ ability to adapt in a tough spot helped push them over the top.

17 responses to “Patriots never practiced offensive package that led to winning TD

  1. They basically put in their jumbo package (2 TEs & “battering rams” Devlin & Burkhead) once they felt their faster packages had finally worn the Rams’ D down in the 4th quarter. It was the smart thing to do, hardly rocket science but I guess too many teams would want to try to win it with hot egos rather than cool heads. My only (big) surprise is that the Pats hadn’t practiced it!

  2. The difference in coaching smarts among teams in NFL is extraordinary. So many teams will give the head coach a blank check while skimping on the compensation to coordinators and other coaches. So many head coaches have no idea how to delegate to their chosen assistants. Not a Pats fan, not a Pats hater, just one who notes the cultural superiority BB has incorporated in comparison other franchises.

  3. The most memorable part of a largely forgettable Super Bowl was Tony Romo yelling, “They ran the exact same play three times!!!”

  4. I guess I’m the only one who still appreciates defense. I thought it was a great game. I much prefer the chess match vs. the shootout. McVay has a bright future, but we were all shown that BB will probably never be caught as the greatest coach of all time. His performance last night was masterful.

  5. “It was a pretty amazing thing,’’ – They were on the two yard line. Everyone knew they’d score a TD there. The Rams had just given up a huge play to get backed up to the 2 yard line. There was nothing amazing about it. In the worst SB in history (including the half time show and commercials), I guess you have to make up something to make it seem like more than it was. To go along with the ‘everybody counted us out’ theme that no one fell for.

  6. phinatic29 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 8:39 am
    Edelman proved the PED Suspension was well worth the benefits


    Guys with bodies broken by NFL play have the right to medical care to repair said bodies. Edelman worked to get back on the field. He paid his dues with a four game suspension.

    Goodell can feel free to suspend another Patriots player for four games next year because the last two times he did it to the Pats they not only won the Super Bowl but the player he suspended won the SB MVP.

  7. I hate the Patriots but I will give them their due. Much respect Pats. With 2 weeks to prepare it’s like they knew everything the Rams were going to do and save for the athleticism of some Rams plays it could have been much worse. Hats off to you.

  8. Rams defense was gassed and the dam finally broke. Everybody saw it coming, when your offense can’t do anything the defense eventually gets tired for staying on the field too long.

  9. For anyone calling this the worst SB in history, I recommend you watch the tape of SB VII with the Dolphins 14-7 win over the Redskins followed by SB IX with the Steelers 16-6 win over the Vikings.

  10. candrwells says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:38 am
    “…To go along with the ‘everybody counted us out’ theme that no one fell for.”


    So, you must not own a TV or listen to the radio. The entire off-season “Brady didn’t attend OTAs, etc” and after each of their 5 losses (to non-playoff teams) every talking head on the air was talking about their demise. So yeah, other than the entire media, no one was saying they were done…

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