Josh McDaniels: “Tough to say” how offense will look at this point

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s retirement guarantees that the offense is going to look different in New England this season and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says it is too soon to know just how different things will be come September.

When discussing Gronkowski’s departure, McDaniels said no one is “just going to drop into the offense and say, ‘OK, I’ve got his role covered.'” What will happen is that the Patriots will take stock of what they have on hand and build a scheme that will “reflect the talents of your team.”

For McDaniels, assessing those talents is a work in progress.

“So at this point, I don’t really know,” McDaniels said, via ESPN.com. “It would be unfair for me to say that, because I haven’t really seen many of them out there in our scheme, against a defense, obviously nothing in pads. So I think OTAs and training camp will be big for us this year in terms of evaluating what we have and how we should play. In May, it’s tough to say. It’s tough to project that.”

The Patriots officially signed wide receiver Dontrelle Inman on Monday and they added tight end Benjamin Watson to the mix last week, so there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of putting the puzzle together. Knowing that Tom Brady will be running the show for a unit that’s reinvented itself fairly regularly over his career makes the process seem less daunting than it might under other circumstances.

51 responses to “Josh McDaniels: “Tough to say” how offense will look at this point

  1. Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine

  2. Hey mybigthirdleg… The AFC East has a better winning percentage against the Patriots than the rest of the league does! Another words those 3 teams play the Patriots tougher!! So much for ur argument!! #HateUsCuzYouAintUs!

  3. It doesn’t matter who the Patriots play…… the results are STILL THE SAME….. they are Super Bowl Champions for a reason….. thanks got the tears though, they are most enjoyable…… oh, by the way, they are currently projected to have 13 picks in next years draft as well…..& the beat goes on….& beat goes on…..

  4. …Josh McDaniels says it is too soon to know just how different things will be come September….
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    September is still pre-season for the Pats anyways. We should have a pretty good idea of what direction their offense is leaning towards (likely power running game, time consuming drives) by Mid-October, and the Pats should be fine when they are meeting the NFC representative in the Super Bowl in February 2020.

  5. mybigthirdleg says:
    May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am
    Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…

    Every team plays a pair of inter-conference games every year. How is that luck? PS Bills and Jets should be markedly more competitive this seaspn.

  6. mybigthirdleg says:
    May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am
    Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine
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    They’re playing 6 games against the Titans Jags and Colts?

    Or do you mean Browns Bengals and Ravens?

    I don’t think it’s the Patriots getting this advantage. I think you should recheck the schedule.

  7. Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine

    Jealous a little are we ?? here’s hoping the patriots continue to THRASH your lousy team !!!!

  8. mybigthirdleg says:
    May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am
    Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine

    The Patriots are 71-19 since 2003 in the AFC East. That’s a .788 winning percentage. Outside the division, they are 118-32 (.786).

    But, hey…why let facts get in the way of a good argument.

  9. Promising to see Demaryius Thomas running and doing some jumping yesterday via twitter as well. Provided he stay on pace to return, he could also provide a nice boost to the offense.

  10. Watson replaces Gronk’s blocking, Harry replaces big Gronk-as-catcher, and Pats’ll be able to do it as they still have Brady and teams’ll have to double Edelman like they doubled Gronk.

  11. mybigthirdleg says:
    May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am
    Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine
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    Would you rather have ‘your’ team in the AFC East and endure the same misery as the Jets, Phins and Bills for the last 20 years? No? Thought so.

  12. “The Patriots are 71-19 since 2003 in the AFC East. That’s a .788 winning percentage. Outside the division, they are 118-32 (.786).

    But, hey…why let facts get in the way of a good argument.”

    You can defend the schedule of the Pats all you want, but for sure and for certain, they wouldn’t have a fraction of the success they’ve enjoyed so far if they were nestled in the AFC West (Chiefs x2, Chargers x2, Broncos x2). If you deny that, you should see a doctor.

  13. When Billicheat retires & this worm takes over how long before he’s fired? 1 year or 2. Hopefully Billy boy brings his cheating ways to the Vikings & turns them around like he turned around 5 time SB losers the PATS. 3 of those losses by Brady.

  14. Bird Teeth says:
    May 14, 2019 at 9:31 am
    You can defend the schedule of the Pats all you want, but for sure and for certain, they wouldn’t have a fraction of the success they’ve enjoyed so far if they were nestled in the AFC West (Chiefs x2, Chargers x2, Broncos x2). If you deny that, you should see a doctor.
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    LOL. The Brady-Pats record against 5 divisions is about the same as or better than their AFCE record (roughly 3-1 ratio, 75% wins). Against the 2 west divs it drops to roughly 66% (2-1) but that’s down to extra travel (and altitude in Denver).

  15. mybigthirdleg says:
    May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am
    Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine

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    At least my Dolphins manage to beat the Patriots almost once each season. Can you imagine the Patriots’record if they played in the cream-puff AFC North?

  16. Bird Teeth says:
    May 14, 2019 at 9:31 am
    “The Patriots are 71-19 since 2003 in the AFC East. That’s a .788 winning percentage. Outside the division, they are 118-32 (.786).

    But, hey…why let facts get in the way of a good argument.”

    You can defend the schedule of the Pats all you want, but for sure and for certain, they wouldn’t have a fraction of the success they’ve enjoyed so far if they were nestled in the AFC West (Chiefs x2, Chargers x2, Broncos x2). If you deny that, you should see a doctor.
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    NE has a .660 winning % against the AFCW. It’s safe to say that those teams wouldn’t have a fraction of the success they’ve had. NE would run away with the AFCW every year.

  17. Reading the comments here, we should probably stop getting triggered by the nonsensical point about the AFC East schedule (despite the fact I am getting triggered). A basic 15 minute analysis shows that it isn’t true, but the reason haters raise it is because everyone wants to justify in their minds that the Patriots are lucky and it’s easy to spew a one liner and represent it as fact.

    “Well, of course, they play in the AFC least.”

    “Well, of course, they fluked into getting Tom Brady in the 6th round.”

    “Well, of course, they have the best coach in the league.”

    “Well, of course, they cheat.”

    “Well, of course, the refs favor them.”

    Etc, etc.

    The truth is they beat KC on the road with lasers in Tom Brady’s face.

    The win because they are great, and they are great because of Brady, Belichick, hard work, smart players, good depth, etc. Luck does play into it. They have won and lost very close games. They lost 3 Super Bowls all with chances to win in the end. So they have been equally lucky and unlucky like every other team. But they generally have a chance because they are great.

    Eventually they will take a step back, like all teams do, but what they have done should be appreciated and cannot be disregarded with a one line excuse.

  18. Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine
    The Patriots are 71-19 since 2003 in the AFC East. That’s a .788 winning percentage. Outside the division, they are 118-32 (.786).
    But, hey…why let facts get in the way of a good argument.
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    Like with so many things these days—the facts just do not seem to be important to the masses.

  19. vikesfansteve says:
    May 14, 2019 at 9:40 am
    When Billicheat retires & this worm takes over how long before he’s fired? 1 year or 2. Hopefully Billy boy brings his cheating ways to the Vikings & turns them around like he turned around 5 time SB losers the PATS. 3 of those losses by Brady.

    3 16 Rate This

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    Bud Grant defended BB with Framegate I.

    Your anger is delicious!

  20. ibillwt says:
    May 14, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Have to figure it out in a hurry, winning gets you the toughest schedule in the league.

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    The reality is that every team plays exactly 4 games against 1st place teams, 4 games against 2nd place teams, 4 games against 3rd place teams and 4 games against 4th place teams. The rotation of which teams those end up being is on a rotation. The two games that are variable each year based on the place a team finishes in are balanced by their own division games. The Patriots play KC and Houston who finished 1st and they get to play the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams twice each in their own division.

    It’s really a balanced schedule across every team in the league and not harder or easier for anyone, with the exception of the rotation of which division in the AFC and NFC you face, which is mostly luck/timing and not based on winning or losing the year prior.

  21. Their offense has the potential to be great this season. If the RBs stay healthy, New England could have the best running game in the league. That group is deep with talent. Their O-line will always be decent as long as Scarneccia is there. Brady, whether or not his deep arm holds up, should remain solid at quick strike passes.

  22. The onloy possible answer by McDaniels is to say “we’ll see”. Maybe some rookies or new FA’s will emerge, maybe they’ll have some injuries, no one can predict what they’ll do until they figure out what they have and how best to use them.

    The same is true for every team in the NFL, of course, but that doesn’t stop the idiot coaches out there from announcing that so and so is our starter before OTA’s even start.

  23. Like it always does. Lots of slants and outs well under 10 yards and yellow flags on the field for passing attempts over 10 yards when incomplete which is often.

  24. The offense will rely on Brady in the beginning but I expect the running game to take over eventually. Pretty much the same formula as last season. Only this time the running game will take over sooner than later for a 42 year old QB.

  25. pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I can help you Josh:
    Dink n Dunk mixed in with cowardly pick plays
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    Hmmm. I saw the Patriots running it down the Rams throat in the 4th quarter of the SB using that same smash mouth football the Steelers used to do 20 years ago. Now the Patriots are winning SBs, and the Steelers are chucking it all over the yard and spending their time choreographing manly TD celebrations.

  26. They will morph into whatever they need to be. Based on what we saw late last year, the smashmouth run game will be in the mix. The passing game will be a work in progress all year as they’ve got to integrate new receivers.

  27. You can defend the schedule of the Pats all you want, but for sure and for certain, they wouldn’t have a fraction of the success they’ve enjoyed so far if they were nestled in the AFC West (Chiefs x2, Chargers x2, Broncos x2). If you deny that, you should see a doctor. Beat the loaded chiefs and chargers last year in the biggest games of the year! 😉 you should be the one looking for a doctor!

  28. carloswlassiter says:
    May 14, 2019 at 11:40 am
    pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I can help you Josh:
    Dink n Dunk mixed in with cowardly pick plays. Translation 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  29. vaphinfan says:
    May 14, 2019 at 11:21 am
    Like it always does. Lots of slants and outs well under 10 yards and yellow flags on the field for passing attempts over 10 yards when incomplete which is often. Translation 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  30. pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Did I mention cheating as well?

    My bad

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    Yeah coach Trip Tomlin knows all about that. Steelers are going 8-8 again this year. Have fun.

  31. pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    Did I mention cheating as well?

    My bad
    *******************

    A Steelers fan commenting on how another team cheats is priceless.

  32. pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    Did I mention cheating as well?

    My bad

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    Do you mean like the time Bill Belichick ran over and tripped Jacoby Jones on a return play? Oh wait…..

  33. Pittasburghdamned says:

    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Did I mention cheating as well?

    My bad

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    Tomlin tripping players again, or is Big Beth touching women in the bathroom again?

  34. vikesfansteve says:
    May 14, 2019 at 9:40 am
    When Billicheat retires & this worm takes over how long before he’s fired? 1 year or 2. Hopefully Billy boy brings his cheating ways to the Vikings & turns them around like he turned around 5 time SB losers the PATS. 3 of those losses by Brady.
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    What, in God’s name, are you trying to say? How does one get through life without being able to write down a coherent thought?

  35. pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Did I mention cheating as well?
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    Funny….Calling Dr. Rydze, Calling Dr. Rydze

  36. roninscribe says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Did I mention cheating as well?

    My bad

    ——————

    Yeah coach Trip Tomlin knows all about that. Steelers are going 8-8 again this year. Have fun.

    ————–

    8-8? Where are they going to come up with 8 wins? They will get 2 against the Bengals but where from are the other 6 coming?

  37. “What, in God’s name, are you trying to say? How does one get through life without being able to write down a coherent thought?”

    Give him a break. He’s a Barney and no doubt quite drunk by this time of day.

  38. SWFLPC.INC says:
    May 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    roninscribe says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    pittsburghdamned says:
    May 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Did I mention cheating as well?

    My bad

    ——————

    Yeah coach Trip Tomlin knows all about that. Steelers are going 8-8 again this year. Have fun.

    ————–

    8-8? Where are they going to come up with 8 wins? They will get 2 against the Bengals but where from are the other 6 coming?

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    The Steelers are a mediocre team, but to be fair, they’re not quite 2016 Cleveland Browns mediocre.

  39. mybigthirdleg says:
    May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am
    Still lucky enough to play 6 games against the 3 of the worst teams in the league…you’ll be fine
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    Yeah uh, sure thing. In truth you should be thanking your lucky stars the Patriots haven’t spent the past 18 seasons in your teams’ division. The numbers don’t lie; I’m pretty certain they’d be kicking azz no matter what division they were in.

  40. vikesfansteve says:
    May 14, 2019 at 9:40 am
    When Billicheat retires & this worm takes over how long before he’s fired? 1 year or 2. Hopefully Billy boy brings his cheating ways to the Vikings & turns them around like he turned around 5 time SB losers the PATS. 3 of those losses by Brady.
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    Cute. Alleged Vikes fan Steve trolling the Patriots who when they won their first Lombardi had 100% more than the Vikes. Have the Pats lost SB’s? Yup. But I dare say the 6 wins have been more than satisfying when compared to the Vikes being a mere 0-4 with that last appearance being in 1977. You know, more than FORTY years ago!

  41. Minnesota fans shouldn’t be talking about anything…other than maybe the Twins.
    They literally should have nothing to say with that moribund football team in their backyard.

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