Marrone knows Patriots offense will be challenge

Marrone knows Patriots offense will be challenge
September 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- You didn't have to be an NFL coach last season to know what happened to the New England Patriots offense this offseason.

Doug Marrone was the head coach at Syracuse last year. And he understands the differences in the Patriots' attack in 2013.

As for how dangerous he believes they'll be on Sunday when New England visits Buffalo to open the regular season, Marrone realizes that Tom Brady is still under center.

"The one thing I do know, what is a known, is that they're good," said Marrone in a conference call on Wednesday. "And they'll be good at whatever they may do. That's what the challenge is."

Even with such a young group of receivers just getting their first taste of the Patriots-Bills rivalry, Marrone sees plenty of talent in New England's new-look offense.

"They can run, get the ball, catch it," said Marrone. "I mean, there's a lot of things that they can do, as well as the people that they've acquired from free agency. You have, obviously a quarterback that can put the ball right on the money, who's an elite quarterback in this league. So, again, those are the challenges for us. Those receivers play well. They run good routes. They get off man coverage. They find their spots in zones. So, they've got a bunch of guys that are able to get open."