Josh McDaniels: Sometimes Bill Belichick has foresight the rest of us don’t have

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When Josh McDaniels departed the Patriots to become the Raiders head coach, he left a significant void.

But he also took several assistants with him to Las Vegas, which in many ways created an even bigger coaching issue.

Head coach Bill Belichick has famously installed former Lions head coach Matt Patricia as New England’s offensive line coach and he’s called most of the plays during training camp and the preseason. But as the QBs coach, former Giants head coach Joe Judge has also done his share of play calling — as has Belichick himself, reportedly.

With the Patriots in Southern Nevada for joint practices with the Raiders this week, McDaniels was asked what he thinks of how the Patriots have gone about replacing him. McDaniels, Patricia, and Judge were on the same Patriots staff for several years, but they were the club’s offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinators from 2015-2017.

“I mean, I really don’t know exactly what everybody’s doing over there. I just know that they’ve got a lot of really good coaches,” McDaniels said in his Wednesday press conference. “And I was in a position once where I was on the defensive side of the ball for a couple years, then I moved over and coached quarterbacks for one year, and then all of a sudden the next thing I’m doing is being ready to call the offense after being on the offensive side for one year. And I remember nobody believed that that was really the case.

“Look, I think at the end of the day, Bill has a plan for whatever he wants to do. And that plan, sometimes he has foresight that some of the rest of us don’t have. I didn’t have it when he pushed me ahead and helped me do that. So, I’ve got a lot of friends over there, I’ve got a lot of people over there that I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for. Coaching is coaching.”

McDaniels was a Patriots defensive assistant from 2002-2003 before becoming New England’s QBs coach in 2004. He ascended to his first stint as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2006 when Charlie Weis departed the organization to become Notre Dame’s head coach.

But now with the Raiders, McDaniels added that Tuesday’s practice was as competitive as they could’ve asked for — though that’s not necessarily reflected in dispatches from the session that noted just how rough New England’s offense looked before a final two-minute period.

“I think those guys are going through their process,” McDaniels said. “Look, I’m here and we’re going through our process. We don’t have it all figured out right now in terms of going through a change. We have a new staff. So, again, every team goes through this. It’s not unique to us or them. We’ll all figure it out somehow.”

53 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Sometimes Bill Belichick has foresight the rest of us don’t have

  1. Sometimes he has footage of the opponent’s sidelines sending their defensive signals, too.

  2. Belichick’s “foresight” walked out the door the exact same time Tom Brady did. He is an under .500 coach when Brady is not his starting quarterback.

  3. Josh McDaniels is such a delta bravo. I can’t wait to see the Raiders fans excuses in week 7 when the Raiders 2-5!

  4. Yes…

    He practically invented drafting First Round Wrs, so that he can trade them for 7th rounders…

    I would have never had the foresight to do that

  5. Has there been another coach in history who gets so much free pass even when he makes bad decisions because he’s “won” 6 superbowls as HC?
    The real deal walked out in 2020 and won another with his new team.

  6. Jimmy Johnson called Belichick the best head coach in NFL history but you clowns know better. That’s comical.

  7. Like the foresight to salary dump the best player on his entire offense (Shaq Mason) because he couldn’t afford to keep him after overpaying a bunch of JAGs at WR and TE last offseason?

  8. Doesnt have the foresight to draft players. When’s the last time this franchise drafted a mediocre receiver, not even a good one.

  9. Seems like he had the foresight to draft 2 of greatest players to ever play their positions though. (Gronk, Brady)

  10. Has there been another coach in history who gets so much free pass even when he makes bad decisions because he’s “won” 6 superbowls as HC?

    ——

    The answer is no, because no other coach has won 6 Super Bowls

  11. BB has been coaching in the NFL since 1975. His father was a head coach for decades. BB knows every single position inside and out. He is the OC, DC, ST coach. His assistants just do what he tells them to do.

    So yeah, if Josh Daniels says BB knows some things, I believe him.

  12. He accomplished most without help from the QB position. Mediocre at best over past 20 years.

  13. All you haters: Name a better coach. Ready go!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Rex Ryan, who took Jets to AFCCG twice with Rookie Mark Sanchez.

    50% of the coaches would be able to do better this if he could invest on defense as much as Belichick:

    a list of the collapses of the “goat” coach’s defense in last 2 minutes in big games (AFCCG and SB), like Bengals DC:
    2002 SB against Rams (Brady saved him); 2004 SB against Panthers (Brady saved him); 2007 AFCCG against Colts; 2008 SB against Giants; 2012 SB against Giants; 2015 SB against Seahawks (Brady’s 28 points and Pete Carrol saved him); 2018 SB against Eagles; 2019 AFCCG against Chiefs (Brady saved him).

  14. Jimmy Johnson called Belichick the best head coach in NFL history but you clowns know better. That’s comical.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    He was called the GOAT coach only because people believe he had magic system.

    Do you still believe he had magic system? If you do, fine, enjoy the system out of your delusional mind.

  15. Best coach of all time. Average GM. To be fair, I don’t know one person ever who’s been brilliant as both.

  16. “Foresight” is a euphemism for I cheated the Rams out of a SB in 2001 by watching film of their walk through, which greatly influenced the outcome of the game.

  17. Hall of Fame coach in his own right but the organization will forever be an asterisk for how the cheated.

  18. I don’t question that Belichick is a great coach, but it is very strange that none of his assistants has really succeeded as a head coach. I still haven’t heard a very good explanation of that.

  19. Well, let’s see foresight win a SuperBowl with a mid-level QB.

    ——

    Let’s see Brady win a SB without a loaded team, when he doesn’t have BB

  20. AnnihilNation says:
    August 24, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    Yeah it’s called a camera

    ———-

    Ok even as a Pats fan I have to agree this was funny!

  21. “Jimmy Johnson called Belichick the best head coach in NFL history but you clowns know better. That’s comical.”
    ———————
    Do you remember what Don Shula called him? “Belicheat”

    Shula > Johnson

  22. Bill is simply trying something new, it’s not that hard to see, how a good defensive coach, might know how to outsmart a defence !

  23. I don’t question that Belichick is a great coach, but it is very strange that none of his assistants has really succeeded as a head coach. I still haven’t heard a very good explanation of that.

    +++++++++++

    That tells you that your assumption (he is a great coach) is wrong.

  24. He used to have foresight that no one else did. Those days are gone. The question now is whether he leaves New England on his own, or will he have to be forced out?

  25. William Lee says:
    August 24, 2022 at 9:51 pm
    Jimmy Johnson called Belichick the best head coach in NFL history but you clowns know better. That’s comical.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    He was called the GOAT coach only because people believe he had magic system.

    Do you still believe he had magic system? If you do, fine, enjoy the system out of your delusional mind.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We will! And you in turn can enjoy Rex Ryan. Lol.

  26. Rocking on jazz,

    FYI, Belichick the garbage never accomplished anything, in both Giants and Patriots, unless offense was able to did far far more than a fan could expect.

    For example, 1990 Giants that won the SB, in 12 of 13 wins, the CHEAP offense scored 20 or more; in playoff, the offense played 39 minutes against 49ers in NFCCG and 40+ minutes against Bills in SB.

    So enjoy while you still can, for next two weeks.

  27. Belichick’s Giants defense led the NFL in least points scored the year they beat Buffalo 20-19 in the super bowl.

    Buffalo had beat the Raiders by 48 points in the AFCCG.

    Mike DeOssie would say after the game than he learned more in 2 years playing for Belichick than he did under Landry. DeOssie played for 15 years.

  28. Belichick’s Giants defense led the NFL in least points scored the year they beat Buffalo 20-19 in the super bowl.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    1990 Giants proved exactly that Belichick was an average coach at best.

    In 12 of 13 wins, Giants offense scored 20 or more with a very cheap squad, in all 3 losses, Giants offense scored less than 20 points.

    In NFCCG, Giants CHEAP offense played 39 minutes to keep 49ers high-power offense off the field; in SB, Giants offense played 40+ minutes to keep Bills high-flying offense off the field, and Belichick’s defense still gave Bills a chance to win in last 2 minutes.

    See the point? BELICHICK NEEDED SO MUCH RESOURCE ON DEFENSE, BUT STILL DEMANDED SO MUCH FROM A CHEAP OFFENSE, that is exact the case in Pats : he needed Brady’s help, with the cheap squad, to get first round bye, to score 24+ in at least 2 playoff games, and often needed Brady’s offense stayed on field for long or needed Brady’s last 2 minutes drive.

    2020 and 2021 seasons demonstrated exactly what his good defense could accomplish without the help from the offense : NOTHING.

  29. For example, 1990 Giants that won the SB, in 12 of 13 wins, the CHEAP offense scored 20 or more; in playoff, the offense played 39 minutes against 49ers in NFCCG and 40+ minutes against Bills in SB.
    ==========

    Belichick wasn’t head coach of the 1990 Giants. He didn’t build the team. Even Parcells didn’t get to ‘pick the groceries’

    Belichicks D most certainly carried that team. The offense was 15th overall, 22nd in passing yards, 8th in rushing. The D allowed 0.8 points less than the revered 1985 Bears. They were dominant. Carl Banks missed half the season. Lawrence Taylor had started his decline, his last season with double digit sacks.

  30. Belichicks D most certainly carried that team.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL, with so much invested on defense, and little to offense, Parcel offense was supposed to score 20 or more 75% of time, supposed to stayed on field for 39 minutes against 49ers #2 defense; supposed to stay on field for 40+ minutes against Bills #6 defense. Is this what you think?

    Give me a break, OK?

  31. Phil Simms was in his 12th season, #7 overall… I’m sure he was cheap..
    They traded a 2nd for Ottis Anderson.. thats not an investment..
    Mark Bavaro was a 2x 1st Team All-Pro, arguably the greatest blocking TE ever
    Rodney Hampton was a 1st rounder
    Mark Ingram was a 1st rounder
    2 of their lineman were 1st roudners, 1 a top 10 pick

    You should do a little research occasionally.

  32. LOL, I don’t know what you are trying to argue about. You sound like that Giants offense was supposed to play 39 minutes against 49ers and 40+ minutes against Bills.

    If it had played “only” 33 minutes, Belidiot’s game plan would have failed.

    FYI, 49ers offense played only 27 minutes against Chiefs. If it had played 33 minutes, 49ers would have won.

  33. You said the offense was cheaply constructed, which is clearly not true.

    And its generally irrelevant anyway, because neither Parcells nor Belichick were picking the players. All they could do is work with what they had.

    Belichicks unit dominated in 1990. Deny it all you want but its a fact.

  34. Ya, it was cheap. No top WR, the RB was in his first year. Mark Bavaro was a pro in 1986 and 1987, not since 1988.

    Dominate? ya, dominate those teams that couldn’t win 6 games, just like in Pats, a PAPER TIGER.

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