Josh McDaniels on guard against offense being too predictable

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows that Sunday’s win over the Dolphins saw their offense do “some things we really haven’t done much of around here for a long time,” but he insisted on Tuesday that the team’s overall approach hasn’t changed.

Quarterback Cam Newton ran the ball 15 times, which McDaniels said was a function of putting players in their best position to succeed. He said that’s “the same boat” that the team has always been in and that they will continue to adjust their approach for each opponent in order to maximize their chances of winning.

McDaniels said that a number of Newton’s runs could have been handoffs had the Miami defense given him different looks and that the team will continue to come up with multiple ways of attacking defenses.

“I don’t know that any one thing, if you do it over and over and over, is sustainable in our league,” McDaniels said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “The coaches and the players each week are too good.  I’ve called 60 passes. Believe me, I don’t want to live in that world too long, or you’re going to get in trouble, whether it’s injuries, or the success you have is going to deteriorate, or too much of this or that, depending on what it is, and you’re going to become too predictable.”

Newton’s too good a runner for that not to be part of any plan McDaniels puts together and he said the team has to be smart in order to “make sure we don’t put him in a situation that could hurt our team or himself” in the coming weeks.

16 responses to “Josh McDaniels on guard against offense being too predictable

  1. This is the whole deal here…Can Newton implemement and execute some of the Brady offense and not run 15 times? They need to cut his runni down by about 40% from Sunday.

    It will up the odds he can stay healthy which is a huge question mark.

    But, it’a good to see McD admit it and publicly acknowledge it.

    Newton is fine on his 1st and 2nd reads but I would prefer a 3rd read and to attack the end zone when you can near the goal line, instead of him getting run up or piled up on.

  2. jackedupboonie says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:05 pm
    Playing Seattle is not like playing Miami. I give NE a 20% chance of winning.

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    Umm, may I ask what is so scary about Seattle? They are a good team, but so is NE in particular with D and STs at the moment and a very good rushing attack.

    And without fans, it’s really an advantage for NE.

    The narrative is really being fed the wrong way…Seattle won’t be playing vs ATLs D this week.

  3. I’m a pats fan and that crap they did on Sunday is not ginna last.
    He will be hurt by werk 6.
    And so far as throwing you can forget any good coming out of that, he isn’t accurate for what they do, Edelman almost got killed.

  4. jackedupboonie says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:05 pm
    Playing Seattle is not like playing Miami. I give NE a 20% chance of winning.
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    Thankfully Seattle really had to earn their points/Win against the vaunted ATL defense 😳

  5. jackedupboonie says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:05 pm
    Playing Seattle is not like playing Miami….
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    That is true, but the Seahawks playing the perennially underachieving Falcons is more often than not unlike playing the perennially overachieving Patriots. I do agree, however, that the Seahawks should be comfortable favorites in the game, but it will remain a mistake to overlook the Patriots in spite of their off-season turnover and opt-outs. Pete Carroll will not overlook the Patriots, and BB will do all he can to get this Pats team ready to compete.

  6. I’ve seen this offense before. On countless Bills team where we had a QB who wasn’t the best passer and a mediocre (at best) WR corps.

    It’s definitely fine for the kind of game they had Monday. And as long as you have the lead, it works.

    But there are some high-powered offenses in the AFC & the league. They’re going to have a lot of trouble when they have to come back from a deficit.

  7. Seattle may see a “platoon of QBs” from the Patriots or may just save that for the playoffs. Belichick and McDaniels always have a trick or two up their sleeves.

  8. billsrthefuture says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:39 pm
    I’ve seen this offense before. On countless Bills team where we had a QB who wasn’t the best passer and a mediocre (at best) WR corps.

    It’s definitely fine for the kind of game they had Monday. And as long as you have the lead, it works.

    But there are some high-powered offenses in the AFC & the league. They’re going to have a lot of trouble when they have to come back from a deficit.

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    Umm, your team’s qb is Josh Allen who fumbled twice on Sunday again and had 10 fumbles last year.

    He is in his 3rd year. This is what’s called a problem and a pattern. Tou can’t play the worst team in football every week.

    lol

    NE wins the division and Buffalo misses the playoffs.

  9. 155 yards through the air? That does not bode well for the season.

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    220 yards on the ground 29 first downs with 18 on the ground, 35 minutes of ball control

    Why pass when you are doing that??? Do you even understand football?

  10. Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards so Seattles defense is not elite.For 20 years DC had game tape on how to stop the Patriots,some teams even admitted that they were built to stop the Patriots.Now you only have one weeks worth of game tape…have fun.BB does not care about stats,highlights or your FF Team.He will do whats best for the team to win that week.His team will be prepared and his ego is nonexistent and he will adjust as needed.

  11. “I’ve seen this offense before. On countless Bills team where we had a QB who wasn’t the best passer and a mediocre (at best) WR corps.”

    That may be but one of the things McDaniels is really good at is morphing the offense week to week depending on the opponent and available personnel. Those Bills teams you watched rarely had coaching as good as the Pats have had.

    Its nice the the current Bills staff is a big step up from the last several, and its showing in the improvements they have made both with roster and on field success. Always more fun when the Bills are not a door mat

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