Belichick has firm knowledge of Orton

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2014 – 11:12 am

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grinds tape as well as any coach in the league. So it’s not surprising that they feel they have a firm grasp on Kyle Orton the player even though he only entered Buffalo’s lineup last Sunday. He also has an offensive coordinator who knows him very well.

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels was Orton’s head coach in Denver, so working with him on a daily basis gives him intimate knowledge into the player he is. That’s why Belichick feels confident he knows Orton the player and what he’s capable of. Still, Belichick considers last week’s game tape of the Bills against Detroit is the most valuable.

“I think last week’s game is a lot more relevant,” said Belichick. “It’s him with his receivers in their offense. It’s not him running Josh’s [McDaniels] offense or something else. We know the player. We’ve scouted the player. We’ve seen him play. We know what his strengths are physically. I think it’s what they do and how they do it in this offense.

“I’m sure we’ll see more going forward. It was his first game. I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be new plays or new wrinkles or complementary plays off of some of the things that they did last week against Detroit. I mean, I’m sure it’s going to expand as they go forward with him in there. He’s a smart guy. I know he can handle – the volume is not an issue with him. I’m sure that it’s just a question of reps and what the next step is for him.”

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Pats OC McDaniels on his green WR corps

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2013 – 11:49 am

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in heading into the 2013 season with the youngest receiving corps he’s had in years. With three rookies in Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson, it’s an inexperienced group. Here’s his outlook on his group of very green wideouts this year.

“They’re all anxious to get started,” he said. “They’ve got an enthusiasm about them. They’re all three capable of playing in our offense. We’ve already moved them and played multiple roles, multiple positions with them, which in our system is a really big plus for us to have some flexibility with those guys. They’ve shown that they will study and work at the mental side of the game to be able to be flexible and play at multiple spots that we need them to.

“They are all competitive and they’ve all been productive in different roles throughout the course of the spring and the preseason. And at the same time, we understand that this will be their first opportunity to play in a regular season game, and we’re going to try like I said to put them in the best positions to be successful at what they’re doing. So, it’s exciting to have them get started, but they’ve got a lot of veteran, experienced players around them. Certainly we are not going to throw them out there and not have a good idea of what exactly we are going to do with them.”

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Pats need new offensive coordinator

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2009 – 3:56 pm

With Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to reportedly be hired as Denver’s next head coach, it doesn’t look like he’ll be raiding the Patriots staff for too many assistants.

Only Dom Capers, who was a special assistant to the secondary for the Patriots this year, might be taken off the New England staff to serve as defensive coordinator for the Broncos unless Mike Nolan is hired instead. Either way it would mean the Broncos are likely switching to a 3-4 system.

Still it will be interesting to see who is named to New England’s offensive coordinator post in the wake of McDaniels departure. I think if they promote from within, which Bill Belichick has done before that receivers coach Bill O’Brien is the most qualified.

He’s been an offensive coordinator for three seasons, albeit at the collegiate level (Georgia Tech, Duke). However, he has never been a quarterbacks coach and McDaniels served as both OC and QBs coach for the Pats.

So Belichick may still need to hire an additional assistant.

McDaniels will reportedly keep some of Shanahan’s offensive assistants from the old coaching staff.

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