BOSTON (CBS) – Coming up Sunday morning on WBZ-TV’s Patriots GameDay, Josh McDaniels will bring you inside the mind of an offensive coordinator.
“I think you’re really trying to stay ahead on the next play, but the next play could be a lot of different things. If you call something on 1st and 10, you have to have prepared a 2nd and 10 call and a 2nd and short call,” McDaniels told WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton. “The good ones are when its 1st and 10 and you’re kind of getting ready for 2nd and 7 or 2nd and 6, and you break a 20-yard run and it’s 1st and 10; now everything is good.”
“So I think in your mind, you make the call you just made and you’re immediately looking at ‘what are my options here if we do well on this play, what are my options if we throw an incomplete pass, and what direction do I want to head?’” said McDaniels. “The more you do it, the more natural it comes. When I first stared years ago it wasn’t that easy. But I think the more you do it, the better you get at it.”
The Patriots have been making headlines for their fast-paced no-huddle offense this season. It’s something the Patriots have been practicing since the spring, and McDaniels says that preparation has the offense clicking.
“We try to use the tempo all year and try to really focus on playing quick. Our guys really have responded well to this. It really all comes back to them, because if we can’t execute it, it doesn’t matter how fast you go,” said McDaniels. “I think it’s a tribute to the way they’ve prepared, the way they’ve worked and the way we’ve practiced. Bill (Belichick) has had us practice like this dating back all the way to OTA’s in the spring, and I think those things are paying off for us now.”
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While it’s pretty obvious the no-huddle wears down the opposing defense, could it ever have the same effect on an offense?
“I would like to believe it wouldn’t,” he said with a chuckle. “We’re conscience of that. When we come off after a drive, we’ll see if we’re doing ok, or maybe say ‘let’s pull away from this for a second and come back to it.’”
Tune in to Patriots GameDay on WBZ-TV Sunday morning at 11:30am. Hear what Josh McDaniels has to say about coming back to New England as a coordinator after getting his chance at being a head coach.