Fears: Offense will adapt with new additions

Fears: Offense will adapt with new additions
June 4, 2013, 5:15 pm
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FOXBORO – Have fears about the new parts being popped into the Patriots offensive machine? Don’t, according to running backs coach Ivan Fears.

“We’re gonna do what we do,” the longtime Patriots assistant said when asked who will fill the void left by Danny Woodhead. “We’re gonna do what we do, we’re gonna find somebody to do what we do. And that’s what we’re gonna do. We got a helluva quarterback. We gotta find somebody for him to throw to, out of the backfield. Believe me, somebody’s gonna be there.”

The Patriots have a fleet of backs with different strong suits and – almost as important – some overlap to their abilities as well. A defense can look at Stevan Ridley on the field and assume he’ll be merely a player taking handoffs and running into the line. And Shane Vereen lined up wide could just as easily motion into the backfield and run between-the-tackles.

Woodhead was the most versatile in 2012 though. And the free agent acquisition Leon Washington could get some of the work Woodhead handled.

“He’s gonna have an opportunity to show his stuff,” Fears said of Washington. “Everybody’s gonna determine (their playing time) by what they do. Not by what I say but what they do. And if they’re getting it done, they’ll be the guys playing.”

As for the 30-year-old Washington, Fears said, “I’ve been impressed with him coaching against him. We’re excited to have him here and we’re looking forward to seeing what he’ll do for us.

“He’s a great guy. That’s all we ever have. We don’t go for the other stuff. Our guys are solid people. They really are. I enjoy being in the room with our guys. It’s a lot of fun. It’s always fun when guys have the same goal in mind. We’re gonna come out here and find a way to win. None of the other stuff matters, so, the impressions they don’t count. What counts is when they get out here.”