Josh McDaniels: Too early to say exactly what we’ll be on offense

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The Patriots have seen a lot of changes to their offensive personnel since they beat the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Chris Hogan and wide receiver/running back Cordarrelle Patterson are gone while the team has added receivers like N'Keal Harry, Demaryius Thomas and Jakobi Meyers to a group that also got Josh Gordon back. They also drafted running back Damien Harris and brought in a crop of new tight ends to fill the spot vacated by Gronkowski.

On top of that, injuries kept Julian Edelman and Thomas from practicing for much of the summer and the team also experimented with other wideouts who have already been cast aside. All of the moving parts leave offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels unable to go beyond generics when discussing the team’s offensive identity.

“We want to take care of the ball, play penalty-free, and make as few mistakes as we can make,” McDaniels said, via the Boston Herald. “That’s a generic answer, but that’s the reality of the situation at this point in time. You’re a few weeks away from the opener, and there’s still a lot of unknowns, still a lot of bridges you’ve got to cross, and a lot of reps you’ve got to take to get better and improve on. But to say exactly what we’re going to be, what [personnel] groupings we’re going to lean on, who’s going to play this many snaps, the roles everybody’s ironed out, I think it would probably be unfair for me to say that.”

That might be a cause for trepidation for some teams, but Tom Brady‘s still at quarterback and history has seen his supporting cast change a lot without much negative effect on the team’s results.

36 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Too early to say exactly what we’ll be on offense

  1. It always takes the Patriots at least the first 3 to 4 games of the season to really get a look at what they have, and how they are going to maximize their talent. The difference between them and a lot of other teams is they don’t panic during the process. They stay focused and eventually they figure it out, and while most teams might think the sky is falling if they start 1-3 or 2-2 the pats just roll with it

  2. If they offensively play solid fundamental football while letting their opponents make the costly offensive mistakes, they will be more than fine. To me that is the backbone of BB football. Do your job. Let them make the mistakes. Win 80% of the games.

  3. It’s going to be a very balanced attack that will morph into what it has to be on a weekly basis depending on the opponent…… Josh is the big variable as a lot will be based on his continued availability

  4. I don’t know how else to describe a patriots offense other than “they take what the defense gives them“. They generally don’t ever have classic labels applied to their offenses.

  5. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    August 27, 2019 at 8:28 am
    “I could always send someone to videotape other team’s practices”

    – Josh “I am nothing without Tom Brady” McDaniels

    Awe… someone is so jealous

  6. Had McDaniel’s taken the HC job in Indy, he’d be getting burned at the stake right now. I guarantee you that a % of Colts fans would take all of their anger out of the ex Patriot. There would be a big conspiracy about how it’s all his fault. BB and Brady would probably have been behind the entire thing.

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    TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    August 27, 2019 at 9:20 am
    Why would anyone interview this guy? His word is no good.

    Please.. he looks pretty smart right now not taking the colts job

  8. Why would anyone interview this guy? His word is no good.
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    If you feel that way why did you bother not only reading the article but commenting as well? LOL! Must be envy!
    Can’t wait to see banner # SIX go up!!!

  9. what does it matter. In a 4 team division where the other 3 teams suck & rarely win over 9 games. The PATS have first week bye sewn up by NOV every year.

  10. wheresmyjuice says:
    August 27, 2019 at 8:28 am
    You didnt even mention the C David Andrews loss which is arguably more important than most- if not all- listed above.

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    Sure. Sure. All of a sudden it’s a huge loss as the entire NFL ignores how good he is for years helping go to and win SBs.

    Make up your mind already.

    Trolly fans only say this when someone gets hurt.

  11. kissbillsrings says:
    August 27, 2019 at 8:39 am
    It’s going to be a very balanced attack that will morph into what it has to be on a weekly basis depending on the opponent…… Josh is the big variable as a lot will be based on his continued availability

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    Exactly. Brady is better IMO with a limited Binky Club. Sure, everyone knows he and Edelman are locked at the hip, but the RBs are nasty, the OL is great and the unknowns at WR will probably be a benefit in some ways a la 2003 with Branch/Givens, etc.

    No one knew where the ball was going.

    Plus, the Pats D is filthy so it should be an ahead of schedule style Sept more so than usual.

  12. “Why would anyone interview this guy? His word is no good.”

    What like the Colts who lied about Luck’s injuries for years? That Josh figured out were lying to him about Luck once they’d offered him the job? The job that they announced publicly as a done deal before he ever signed the contract, those Colts?

    SMH

  13. “The same two yard passes”

    The same stupid, long disproven comments from certain people.

    How’s your prediction and guarantee Luck would be MVP of the league this coming season working out by the way?

  14. If it gets too hard to figure out what the offense is going to look like just do what Andrew Luck would do and retire. When the going gets tough just quit

  15. Probably go six wide if they let the Lombardies on the field. Beats them one and done offenses every time. It must hurt knowing the Patriots are better than your favorite teams… Even when they lose.

  16. The AFC is very weak so the Patriots will be just fine. Offense scoring 14 points will guarantee a win in majority of games.

  17. It is so true what someone said above….. if Josh had of taken the job as head coach for Indy EVERYONE would be crying & SCREAMING that Lucks retirement was a DIRECT RESULT of him just like EVERYONE did with Cutler & the Broncos……
    He dodged a HIGE BULLET there…..
    I guess he who laughs last laughs the hardest!!!!

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 27, 2019 at 11:42 am
    The AFC is very weak so the Patriots will be just fine. Offense scoring 14 points will guarantee a win in majority of games.

    And your Jets sure haven’t done anything to make the division more competitive.

  19. D. Thomas can’t help them at all, he’s done. But N’Keal Harry is an intriguing prospect and I can see Brady using that kid in all kinds of ways, particularly in the red zone if they trust his hands.

    Getting Gordon back is HUGE for them, Brady clearly had no fear of cutting it loose to that kid when he was on the field for them previously. Those two can do some serious damage. If they can keep Gordon and Edelman on the field all season and develop Harry into something semi-dangerous, there’s no reason to think they can’t be the same ol’ Pats.

    Sony Michel is the RB they need to ride, he can do it all. Damien wasn’t even the best RB on his own college team. Curious why they drafted him when they still have James White, it will be interesting to see what they do w him, if anything.

    The one dude I can’t wait to see is on the other side of the ball – Chase Winovich. I think that was a great pick and that kid’s going to ball out from the word go.

  20. Sony Michel is the RB they need to ride, he can do it all. Damien wasn’t even the best RB on his own college team. Curious why they drafted him when they still have James White, it will be interesting to see what they do w him, if anything.
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    Obviously you never watched the games. Damien Harris is a Beast!. He is at full stride speed by his 3rd step. A true power back that will get you 5 to 8 yards average per carry this season. If Sony gets hurt, and he will, Harris will carry them through. Pay attention from now on or no more new crayons for you! And stay in the lines when you color for gawd sakes!

  21. We are a week and a half away from the opener and while the team has looked good considering all the personnel and coaching losses, we haven’t seen them in real 60 minute games yet. We knew they were light on depth at Tackle, TE,and Receivers. The Receivers are looking deeper now (though unproven), but TE and Tackle are still light and now they are without their starting Center. It has the makings of the usual slow start for the offense while they sort things out and get used to each other. The Defense will need to be awfully stout straight out of the box. Pittsburgh may be lucking out in catching the Patriots early as there may not be a better time to get to Brady with the O-Line and TE positions in flux, and Brady having to work with so many new receivers who may or may not be on the same page with him. Add to the mix the emotions of the 6th Championship Banner ceremony. Emotional ceremonies at home generally do more harm than good. The Patriots lost one of these banner raising games before to the Chiefs, and others have been squeakers. Hopefully these issues will have their full attention or they may walk out of the stadium that night with a little egg on their faces.

  22. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    August 27, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Why would anyone interview this guy? His word is no good.
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    McDaniel’s word was plenty good until he realized that the Colts ownership and front office was lying to him about Andrew Luck’s condition and commitment to football.

  23. My biggest concern right now for the Pats is being able to protect Brady. If they can do that well, I think they have what they need to get the ball down the field. They’re running game is going to huge factor this year.

    They’re defense looks great – could be the best Pats D in many, many years, but Bennett has to stay healthy. If he gets hurt, they’re going to have hard time pressuring the elite QBs.

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