Josh McDaniels on Antonio Brown: We’ll see how it goes

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has a new toy for his offense. On Tuesday, McDaniels shared his initial thoughts on having receiver Antonio Brown at his disposal.

“Antonio’s been a productive player, obviously, his whole career,” McDaniels told reporters. “We’ve had to defend him numerous times in my time here in New England. [He is] just an overall solid player that has done a lot of good things in our league. I think for us, it’s just how quickly we can get him acclimated to our process and our system and to things we do here and just build trust on the practice field, and then see how it goes and kind of let that determine how we build it from there.”

McDaniels was asked whether there’s pressure to get someone like Brown involved in the offense early.

“[T]he goal for us is always the same — have a really good week of preparation, try to make sure our guys know what our plan is and we’ve prepared them as best we can for the opponent, and then go out there and take care of the football and score as many points as we can playing complementary football,” McDaniels said. “We have a lot of good football players on our team and a lot of guys that have roles that they can perform well. We’ve got to go out there and put our guys in good positions to be successful, hopefully, with a really good week of practice. We’ll see how it goes as we go forward, but certainly we’ve always had the same concept in terms of our run game, pass game, our offense in general. We’re going to try to throw it where we’re supposed to throw it and we don’t try to force the ball anywhere or to anybody because that’s not necessarily the way we do it.”

That’s something the Patriots never will do, not with Tom Brady as quarterback. Brady never will force the ball to any player, no matter how much he makes or what his profile may be. For Brown, who is used to being the focal point of the Pittsburgh passing game, adapting to that will be as challenging as adjusting to the Patriot Way.

34 responses to “Josh McDaniels on Antonio Brown: We’ll see how it goes

  1. It’s entirely possible that Brown will HAPPILY/SUCCESSFULLY play the rest of his career in NE. This is where he wanted to play. He could have chose to play anywhere. He chose NE.

    I get why people think he’s going to flip out and go bonkers. I just think at this point it’s highly unlikely. Maybe in a few years he’ll go bonkers again. For now I think he will want that 2020 contract option/extension. So I expect him to play nice.

  2. I am also one of the people who figured he would go nut and get in trouble anywhere he goes. Except NE. He will fall in line and be a good soldier because he knows what will happen if he doesn’t. I’m am not a fan of NE at all but I sure respect the system they have their. With that said, that is the only way I can see Brown lose his head (again). What happens when defenses focus on him and for that game the ball gets spread to everyone else? As the article said, they won’t force it to him. Can his ego take it? This team is loaded with talent.

  3. Just listening to the New England staff and how they lower expectations and talk about preparation shows there is a level of competence you don’t see on other NFL staffs. They win not because of talent but because they are the smartest guys in the room.

  4. Patriots have all the leverage now. AB needs to perform to cash out next year, so I expect one good year from him, then he signs with the Jets or the Colts or the Cowboys or some team like that and goes haywire again.

    And if I’m wrong, and he goes haywire this year, he’s gone and I doubt anyone else takes the risk to sign him.

  5. Remember this is the guy who drafted Tebow.
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    He also drafted (1st 22nd) Demaryius Thomas and (3rd 87th) Eric Decker in the same draft.

    They were key for Peytons success in Denver. he also had the foresight to trade away Jay Cutler. Time has proven that to be the best decisions for the Broncos franchise. No trade, no Peyton. No Super Bowl.

  6. I was none too happy when the Patriots signed AB, but now I’m at 50/50. I hadn’t realized that he’d wanted to be traded to NE and NE wanted to trade for him, but the Steelers shut that down. Makes me think it’s possible most of the acting out at Oakland was a ploy on his part. Risky, but he got what he wanted. And if he seriously wants to be in NE, he will quickly find out what that means and he’ll either fall into line or he’ll be out of there fast.

    I think the second year option is entirely for purposes of spreading the cap hit. This is exactly what the Patriots did with Revis (so the contract language was already written). They weren’t going to pay Revis $20M the next year, and off he went to the Jets, who were totally willing to overpay. Even if AB behaves himself all season and contributes in a big way, the Patriots aren’t going to pay him $20 next year. So he’ll go get overpaid somewhere else. The beat goes on.

  7. AB will want to wear a $355,000 watch just to top OBJ by 5k but don’t think he will get the looks in NE he would have in Oakland or Pittsburg and in the end that will not sit well with Big Chest.

  8. These coaches and players are programmed like robots. Its like they get a script and all repeat the same thing. Did you hear what every player said after they beat the Steelers? “We just have to focus on getting better?” Every player in an interview said the same thing.

  9. Randy Moss only had a 3+ year shelf life with the Pats. I don’t expect it to be much different with the Pats. I think this year will be fine, but beyond that I wouldn’t bet money on year 2. This guy is a different kind of crazy.

    But that being said, this is the only year I care about right now, so I’m glad he’s here and carries only a $5MM risk. For that money he’s worth it. As for next year when that risk is likely to be tripled, I’d be more worried.

  10. So, that is not true. Brady was 100% ABSOLUTELY forcing balls to Moss early in the 2010 season because wanted income/a new deal before the Lockout.

    BB sniffed it out and dealt Moss after Moss was demanding the ball at halftime in Week 4 in Miami.

    So, you can’t say it never happened. And, I think Brady was doing this Welkie too. Welker wanted “Andre Johnson” money

    As long as Brady channels his old school self, there will be no issues here. If Brown acts up and BB gets a whiff, it’s over.

    BB holds all the cards here. Brown either wants to win a SB before his career winds down, or he doesn’t.

  11. JustMyOpinion2000 says:
    September 10, 2019 at 3:41 pm
    These coaches and players are programmed like robots. Its like they get a script and all repeat the same thing. Did you hear what every player said after they beat the Steelers? “We just have to focus on getting better?” Every player in an interview said the same thing.
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    These “robots” have won six Super Bowls in 19 years. You can bet they speak more candidly in the locker room and at closed practices. As a fan, I don’t care if they start offering the media multiple-choice responses to the same BS questions, as long as they continue to rack up the W’s.

  12. factschecker says:
    September 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm
    Remember this is the guy who drafted Tebow.
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    He also drafted (1st 22nd) Demaryius Thomas and (3rd 87th) Eric Decker in the same draft.

    They were key for Peytons success in Denver. he also had the foresight to trade away Jay Cutler. Time has proven that to be the best decisions for the Broncos franchise. No trade, no Peyton. No Super Bowl.

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    Exactly.

    Broncos fans are dumb enough to not grasp that. The fleecing in the Brandon Marshall deal was also McDaniels. The Cutler and Marshall deals were all time fleece jobs and Broncos fans are two dumb to realize who was behind those.

    Tebow was a “luxury” pick that didn’t work and it was too aggressive, sure, but the best draft day or teambuilding moves came from McDaniels’s opinion not dumb Elway’s.

    I warned years ago that Elway channeling Steinbrenner wouldn’t world in the NFL. And, hey, if NE doesn’t walk into Denver in 2015 with a B Squad or Gostkowski doesn’t miss a PAT in tin air, it wouldn’t have.

  13. Brady won’t force it but he won’t have to. If you get enough snaps on that offense you’ll get some stats.
    As much as everyone reveres the coaches I think it’ll be them encouraging his stats at first. They are absolutely going to call some stuff that has a high % of going to him in soft games like in Miami. They are not going to just run 2 wr sets and say oh well that was the gameplan. If it really is the gameplan then yes, but they can probably play most games however they want. Then once he’s up to speed it won’t matter, the stats will just come.

  14. Watch and learn.You haters think that saying the same thing over and over is going to make it happen. Click your shoes together like Dorothy on the Wizard of Oz, maybe that will help. You haters are a doctors visit away from a check.

  15. Patriots coaches and players say what they say because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. You haters get into your feelings very easy. We beat the Patriots, we’re good. Funny stuff. Your teams don’t even come close to what you expect of them. We had a great off-season, we killed the draft yada yada. The Patriots on the other hand exceed expectations.. They are done, they are slow, they are old… You forgot to say… They’re Back stronger than ever. How did that happen. I do not care if you like them… But you will lose to them the majority of the time. Your crying proves that. Now step aside.. Patriots are coming through.

  16. mikespillane337 says:
    September 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Watch and learn.You haters think that saying the same thing over and over is going to make it happen.

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    What “haters” are you even talking to? The comments in response to Pats articles are almost always Pats homer lovefests.

    Also, most of the comments on these AB articles are about AB, not the Pats. When AB signed with the Raiders, the comments were 10 times more vitriolic than this. Pats fans being sensitive and narcissistic per usual get worked up over nothing.

    Also, had AB signed with a Pats rival, you’d see Pats fans coming out of the woodwork to criticize. Hypocritical not to expect the same thing here.

  17. “Did you hear what every player said after they beat the Steelers? “We just have to focus on getting better?””

    Maybe because the Pats attract like minded people who work their rear ends off, and realize if they want to win a Super Bowl in the coming season they have a lot of hard work ahead to reach their potential?

  18. I guess you. Patriots Homer’s have alot of haters and they post the same thing over and over. I guess that you didn’t read all the posts and jumped to your own conclusion. But when you said “most” you basically answered your own question. Last year it was about BB, Kraft and Bradys relationship. If you haters would stay in your yard the dog catcher wouldn’t come after you.

  19. JustMyOpinion2000 says:9-10, 2019, 3:41pm
    “These coaches and players are programmed like robots. Its like they get a script and all repeat the same thing.”

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    If my team can win the Super Bowl doing the Patriot way, I really don’t care if they read their scrip off of toilet paper. My entertainment comes from what’s happening on the field not a press conference.

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