Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels chatted with reporters today at Gillette Stadium, and here were a few items that stood out:
1) Getting a feel for BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The rookie running back earned praise for not trying to be a player he isn't. "He has good vision and gets the ball downhill -- he knows what he is and he knows what he is not," McDaniels said. "I think that is really a tribute to him. He is a downhill guy that weighs 225 pounds. He is going to go ahead and duck his head and try and make some yards with his thighs and physicality. He is not a dancer and that is kind of what we like about him. He knows where the hole is at, he finds it, he hits it and he is not going to try to do much sideline-to-sideline running."
2) Eliminating negative running plays. McDaniels made the point that the Patriots have had only three negative runs in the last three games, a stat that pleased him. He felt the Patriots had success moving the line of scrimmage against the Broncos. "That is the thing we talk about a lot," he said. "You don't want to allow penetration in the backfield. ... it all starts at the line of scrimmage."
3) Sharing his thoughts on Tom Brady's recovery. McDaniels was asked his thoughts on Brady's situation. "I am not really aware of all that is going on. I have heard all the other stuff," he said. "I have talked to Tommy and he obviously has a good approach and good attitude on this whole thing. However this turns out, I am sure he will work as hard as he can to get back out here whenever that may be next year. We are all behind him and canít wait to see him whenever he gets back into town."