Scott enjoying chance at new start in New England

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Scott enjoying chance at new start in New England

FOXBORO -- Trevor Scott says it himself.

"I'm pretty simple."

Once football season starts he's all about the game, all the time. Not a surprising point of view considering Scott was thrown off his path in 2010.

A sixth-round pick by Oakland in the 2008 NFL draft, Scott had five sacks coming off the bench. The next season he upped the effort and earned more snaps, more sacks (seven), and six starts.

Scott started Oakland's first 10 games of 2010 before his progress got derailed. An ACL injury dumped him off onto IR November 25.

He returned for a full season but had lost his edge. Part of the problem was rehabbing during the lockout ("It just kind of sucks," Scott had said of being denied communication with team trainers), part of it was bad timing (2011 was a contract year).

Bottom line for the Raiders: Their pass-rushing specialist had just seven combined tackles and zero sacks.

But he battled.

"No matter what happened -- on or off the field -- I just kept working hard," Scott said on Sunday. "I just kept persevering through my injury and all that stuff.

"As much as it's a physical injury, it's also mental battle too. You have to stay positive and focus on your goals. Mine was to get back on the field and do well. I'm very happy that I'm here."

New England presented a chance to "start over." The way things went down in Oakland was unfortunate. It's also old news.

"It was what it was. It was the past. I don't really want to talk about that," he said with a tight smile.

And why bother?

In his first preseason game with the Patriots, Scott put on a show at defensive end with three tackles, three quarterback hits and a sack. New England has also used him during camp at linebacker, too, and the scheme versatility should help his cause.

Is one preseason game too small a sample size to get excited? Sure. But whether Scott is going against first or third string offense doesn't matter -- each rep rolls into getting that second chance.

"You just have to keep it all in perspective. At the end of the day, this is a game. We do this because we love to do it.

"I just like to do my job and win."

It's as simple as that.

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."