Brady: Patriots offense is stronger on the outside

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Brady: Patriots offense is stronger on the outside

Tom Brady spoke Sunday on SiriusXM NFL Radio about the upcoming season and what he's seen at camp so far.

When asked about his physical condition this year, Brady seemed to be pleased with how he was feeling.

"Yeah, I feel good and think every year as you go you become a little bit more efficient in which you do in the offseason and you figure out the things that work for you and the things that don't necessarily work for you."

"I always say that the best part of my life is playing football and having this job, so I take it very seriously and every day you wake up in the offseason and try to figure out ways to be a better football player and that is still a challenge going into my thirteenth season."

"I think I've figured out a few things and I'm excited to see how those play out on the field."

Brady was then asked about the newest addition to the Patriots' offensive arsenal, Brandon Lloyd and his freakish athletic ability.

"I think you saw some of that today in practice too with his ability to jump and body control. He's got great hands, a great feel out there. It has been a lot of fun being with him."

"I know he's played for a bunch of teams in the course of his career, but hopefully he settles in here and he's here for a long time."
The Patriots quarterback also commented on the strengths of his powerful offense -- and how it's evolving.

"The strength of our team was between the numbers, that's where a lot of the passes went. If they didn't cover us outside, we threw it out there. But when you have Aaron and Rob and Wes on the inside, it's hard, you got three pretty good players."

"Deion made plenty of catches for us out there, but in terms of the contributions made on the outside, that was our guy. Now you add Donte Stallworth, Jabar, and Brandon. I think there are some guys out there we can take advantage of some match ups."

"If you cover us inside, we're gunna throw it outside and if you cover us outside, we're gunna throw it inside. You wanna play deep, we're gunna throw it short. That's good offensive football. You go out there, see what they're doing and you go to the weak spot."

"Every defense doesn't have every single strength that a defense could have. That's the chess game of football."

You can find the full Sirius interview here.

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability. 
 

McDaniels: 'Best for my family and myself' to remain with Patriots

McDaniels: 'Best for my family and myself' to remain with Patriots

Josh McDaniels will be staying put in New England, he said on Monday, because that's what's best for him and his family at this point in time. 

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The Patriots offensive coordinator was a front-runner for the open head-coaching job in San Francisco but has removed his name from consideration.

"I was really impressed with [Niners owner and CEO] Jed York and [Chief Strategy Officer and EVP of Football Operations] Praag [Marathe] and [Director of Football Administration and Analytics] Brian [Hampton] and the people that came from the 49ers organization. They did a great job with their presentation. Again, humbled to be included in that process.

"At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

Next season will be McDaniels' sixth full season back with the Patriots since returning during the playoffs of the 2011 season.

"I've always said how grateful I am to have this opportunity to work here with Mr. Kraft and his family, and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff, and to have the privilege to get to work with the players that we work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. I'm very thankful to be here, and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."