Brian Hoyer’s experience with Kyle Shanahan paid off for Patriots in Super Bowl

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After Super Bowl LIII, Patriots safety Devin McCourty complimented backup quarterback Brian Hoyer for getting the defense ready for games through his work with the scout team offense and said Stephon Gilmore‘s crucial interception in the fourth quarter came on a play that the Patriots knew because Hoyer ran it in practice.

Hoyer’s knowledge of the Rams offense went beyond work done in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Hoyer played quarterback on Kyle Shanahan-led offenses in Cleveland and San Francisco, which he said gave him a lot of insight into Sean McVay’s offense with the Rams.

McVay worked under Shanahan in Washington and Hoyer said he realized he knew the offense while watching Amazon’s All or Nothing series on the Rams as well as the episode of Peyton Manning’s ESPN series about Jared Goff.

“I guess that’s the risk in putting yourself out there like that,” Hoyer said to Albert Breer of SI.com.

Hoyer’s knowledge meant he knew that the Rams “don’t have an answer for all-out pressure” and that’s what the Patriots dialed up on the play that ended with Gilmore picking off Goff. Those insights as well as ones gleaned by the defense on its own added up to a very well-prepared Patriots team.

“Once we got into Atlanta, into the preparation, it was frustrating for me,” Hoyer said. “They had everything covered. I was like, ‘Either these guys know what all our plays are, or they’re gonna ball out in the game.’ You could see it. They were playing so fast, they were so on top of it. And you get to the game, and they go and have the best defensive performance I’ve ever witnessed.”

Hoyer only threw two passes for the Patriots in 2018, but it’s clear his value to the team was better measured in other ways.

29 responses to “Brian Hoyer’s experience with Kyle Shanahan paid off for Patriots in Super Bowl

  1. When do you ever hear about back up QBs who only threw 2 passes in the season making news?

    Patriots are far and away the best run organization in the NFL.

    The only drama they had this year was josh GORDON relapsing and then the team/ownership stood by him and paid for his rehab.

    Look at the Eagles drama with players coming out against Wentz.
    Look at the packers drama with players coming out against Rodgers.
    Look at Steelers nothing but drama.

    Looking forward to next seasons AFCCG.

    I would say super bowl but that would be Greedy.

  2. That Garoppolo trade is looking good for New England. A beast LT in Trent Brown, a 2nd round pick, and a super bowl game plan delivered via Hoyer.

    That Belichick can sure get a diamond from a lump of coal

    Still glad we got Jimmy Franchise though.

  3. Looks like that Jimmy Garoppolo trade paid off in ways unimagined.

    McVay needs to change things up, and keep the media out.

  4. I guess the “All of Nothing” people just got a gut check.

    Next best thing is picking up a released player.

    I know these guys get picked up so their brains can get picked. Basically a 60K value to give up your former team. It’s a business right?

  5. That’s awesome stuff. All of this could have been countered by the Rams if Goff was capable of doing pre-snap reads and audibles. However, he hears the play from coach with 15 seconds left and then makes post-snap reads off the play action. At that point, the defense had already disguised itself and it knew what his first and second reads were. He then holds the ball for an extra second and is toast.

    Young QB and young coach got totally outsmarted by experienced coach and backup QB.

  6. And the mind games they played on defense was an incredible read in SI. You wonder why more teams didn’t do this to them. Actually, they may have because they did not score as prolifically towards the end of the season. Shame on the Rams for not adjusting.

  7. I like Brian Hoyer. I think he’s a borderline starter in the right system, on a team with a good run game. Anything he brought to the table about the Rams D was probably already understood by Belichick.

    So much was made all year of the Rams and McVay and how this was the “new NFL” – high scores, etc. But the Patriots figured out how to neutralize that offense, and the Rams couldn’t adjust.

    And – credit to the Rams – their D played a great game, as well. The Pats adjusted just enough to eek out a win. I enjoyed that defensive battle. There was nothing boring about it.

  8. backintheday99 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:07 am
    I guess the “All of Nothing” people just got a gut check.

    Next best thing is picking up a released player.

    Hoyer never played for the Rams. In fact he never played with McVay. Shanahan is the common thread and the implication is everything McVay knows he got from Shanahan.

  9. This has to be cheating! Just has to be! BB knew they’d play the Rams, so he signed Hoyer to be the back up as a preemptive strike to get info from Hoyer via the Shanahan/McVay relationship.

    Steal the draft picks!

  10. Brian Hoyer is going to be one heckuva coach someday, if he wants to go that route… or a good TV color analyst, like Romo has become. Smart guy. Adequate backup QB. Not a top 20 starter in the NFL but a great mind and useful in a pinch if the starter goes down. His downfall in Cleveland was not being willing to “groom” Johnny Trainwreck when he was the QB here, and I cannot blame him one bit for that. Kudos to BH! He has earned every diamond they put on his ring!

  11. “Young QB and young coach got totally outsmarted by experienced coach and backup QB.”

    And there’s no shame in that. They still got to the Super Bowl and the D played very well. I think over the next few years McVay will become a better coach and Goff will hopefully learn how to read defenses after the comm to McVay is cut off. They had a very good season and the future is bright there if they handle the loss well

  12. Let’s see now, weren’t there a lot of armchair experts braying about how little value belichick got for garrapalo?? A great backup qb, a great left tackle, and a 2nd round pick!! Id say he did ok if you throw in tHat 6th ring too!

  13. “while watching Amazon’s All or Nothing series on the Rams as well as the episode of Peyton Manning’s ESPN series about Jared Goff.”

    This has to be a form of cheating, right? I mean, someone has to find something to discredit the win. it’s what some of you always try to do – discredit the SB winner.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    The defensive performance was so great, the Patriots could have won with Hoyer at QB.

    —————

    The Patriots won… that is all that matters.

  15. The all on nothing rams series was during Fishers last year. So someone explain to me how Hoyer found anything on this to share about Mcvay and his offense. I call BS………

  16. jchemengr says:
    February 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    backintheday99 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:07 am
    I guess the “All of Nothing” people just got a gut check.
    Next best thing is picking up a released player.
    Hoyer never played for the Rams. In fact he never played with McVay. Shanahan is the common thread and the implication is everything McVay knows he got from Shanahan.
    —————————

    I wasn’t referring to Hoyer. I was referring to what the rest of The League does, not having a Hoyer or a rare ‘Hoyer type’ situation.

  17. 6 time World Champions.

    No team has won more than US.

    GOAT QB. GOAT Head Coach.

    Greatest fan base in football.

    Don’t be mad Patriot Hater 🙂 The fans of the World Champion Patriots don’t look down on you because were arrogant or anything like that.

    We look down on you because we really ARE better than you at everything!

    Kiss the rings.

    Toodles! 🙂

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    The defensive performance was so great, the Patriots could have won with Hoyer at QB.

    Says the Jets fan with a Patriots screen name….

  19. No I am not going to call this cheating because in this instance it’s not, it’s just great prep. But I was just wondering who the last team was to beat the Patriots. Good job the Patriots didn’t have face this team in the playoffs.

  20. For the second time in NFL history a team won the Super Bowl beating three 12+ win teams in the playoffs to do it. The 2018 Patriots did it, as did the 2004 Patriots also did.

    So much for the weak division argument. Blown up to teeny little pieces. 🙂

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