Curran: McDaniels has to 'fit new pieces together'
Mike Giardi and Patriots insider Tom E. Curran discuss the challenges ahead for Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, and how Brandon Spikes fits into the Patriots plans on defense.
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That's very -- obviously the Patriots over the course of time of the ball as an offense in the tight -- -- become a huge part of that offense Rob Gronkowski one piece. Aaron Hernandez another we know Hernandez will not be back with a New England Patriots. Josh McDaniel the off the court every pages for an awfully long time 2001 starting. As an assistant -- -- the lower -- work his way up offensive coordinator coordinator left for a little bit of the time came back again the offensive coordinator and I'll tell -- what. These guys not worried at all about having to fill the shoes of Hernandez or anyone else is no longer here. There's so many different things that happen each year I don't know I've ever coached. One season where we didn't have to deal with. But there was injuries or loss of the player for a year you know -- we lost Brady in 2000 and Aden. You know that was certainly. Challenge that you had to deal with them. Every year you -- changes like so we had a lot of young people in our offensive room it's really an exciting group to coach. And I think we know we're all looking forward to the next four weeks -- I'm -- out Myers CS NNE dot compatriot -- Tommy Aaron Thomas on mcdaniels. Yeah pretty good the Patriots in the fact that he's been here he's been through. So many different incarnations of the softens their feet as a lower -- assistant to being off the court an -- of of offense that exploded vertically. And I do things like that will be difficult for no reason in the transition period to find out what the skills of the players and I have to find out. What these particular receivers in the cardinal quarterback can do. And how do you fit those puzzle pieces together through. For instance Sunday we watched them. TVs in the wide receivers weren't against each other for the first time with the pats. There -- places you could say about that and a lot of work there and I think the mcdaniels until school on that. Be patient let him play over and figure out how to tweak it. And see what's real evidence and -- maybe just an early simply. Coming. We'll switch over to the defense -- and I spent some time talking about Brandon -- sort of being on his own program. -- an opportunity today to talk to pepper Johnson what what sort of inside the coverages. On the player that is Brandon Spikes in the personality that is ran like. It was interesting because I asked him how does Brandon Spikes remind you of yourself and said you know aggressive and he's aggressive in the same. Motivate that guys like Harry Carson guys like little near the pepper Johnson model himself out there. Imagine that you know he's an iconoclast he does things differently puts on a different shirt gets -- on a different -- -- and everybody else he has different motivations -- He'll be aggressiveness that he brings it is hard to duplicate and I asked them just occurred to you -- talking. Frank caught the very similar player -- To Brandon Spikes he agreed with that knowledgeable on time -- -- mature and get himself in position where he was -- valued veteran. I think in some ways Brandon Spikes have to bring his aggressiveness and his personality and make it productive for the team here and opulence of the program we'll see if we can do that because it's vital race -- Now you wonder if that will happen here or he'll find himself some other places the enters the last year of his contract is Tommy -- I'm -- -- --