Patriots Notes: McDaniels, Rookie QBs, Gronk

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe offers an interesting theory as to why the Patriots made an eleventh hour push to retain offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a theory that has been proffered by two separate league sources. Volin says team brass was taken aback by Bill Belichick‘s controversial decision to bench Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl LII, and he says the Krafts were also surprised that Belichick was able to wrangle only a second-round pick in exchange for Jimmy Garoppolo. As such, Volin suggests that keeping McDaniels really may have been less about having a succession plan and more about giving the Krafts more control over the situation. He writes, “[i]f the tension between the Krafts, Belichick, and [Tom] Brady persists, or if Belichick decides to leave the organization in the next year or two, the Krafts now have a backup plan in McDaniels.” 

Now for more out of Foxborough:

  • Former Patriot Willie McGinest said on the NFL Network that he spoke with McDaniels, and that McDaniels said there was “absolutely not” any type of guarantee that he would succeed Belichick as New England’s head coach (link via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk). McDaniels did indicate, however, that he would have job security with the Patriots.
  • Citing a “high-level executive” with a rival team, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report says that there is another angle to the Pats’ efforts to keep McDaniels. That executive believes that New England is going to find its quarterback of the future this offseason, and the team wants McDaniels to be around to identify and develop that player.
  • Speaking of QBs the Patriots might target in this year’s draft, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com spoke to Senior Bowl executive director and former Browns GM Phil Savage to see who might be Garoppolo 2.0 (assuming, of course, that the upper-echelon passers will be long gone by the time New England is on the clock with the No. 31 overall pick). Savage named Washington State’s Luke Falk, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, and Western Kentucky’s Mike White as potential fits, with Lauletta’s skill-set most closely mirroring Garoppolo’s.
  • In the same piece, Reiss reports that the sources close to the situation that he trusts the most say that the decision to bench Butler in Super Bowl LII was purely a football decision, as the team has insisted from the jump. Nonetheless, Reiss does not seem entirely convinced, as he indicates he will do more digging into the matter.
  • Reiss believes, as most do, that Rob Gronkowski will return in 2018 and will not hang up the cleats just yet. Volin says it would be hard to blame Gronk if he did walk away, but he believes the tight end’s comments about retirement are probably just laying the foundation for a new contract, or at least for an incentive package similar to the one the Patriots gave him in 2017.
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19 comments on “Patriots Notes: McDaniels, Rookie QBs, Gronk

  1. dcahen

    Again, more bs why McDaniels, & not Patricia, was so important to retain. Reiss is a NE apologist who is probably in on the coverup of a planned, yet childlike & classless, move to put one over on the Colts. Kraft still holds a grudge, though it’s not the Colts to blame that the Patriots broke league rules, only that they turned in the red-handed cheaters. Kraft lost a million, the team lost a 2nd round pick, Brady lost 4 games & a boatload of attorney fees. Ballard mistakenly trusted the cheats, because he was able to swing a couple trades. Now everything is back to normal, every team in the league once again sees the Patsies as a classless organization, & the Colts despise NE probably more than the Patties despise the Classy team from Indy.

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    • stug14

      Thanks for clearing that up with a completely objective perspective.

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    • Ryan T

      You know the Colts cheat right? Piping in crowd noise. Their owner arrested for dui and prescription pills? But cool. You’re right.

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      • Peterd

        Yeah so I guess because of the dui and pill addiction that makes him a cheater and a bad person. Lot worse people out there than Irsay

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      • dcahen

        First of all the Colts never piped in noise, I’m part of that crowd & we just get loud. The old RCA Dome was loud. How does a pain med issue relate to cheating? Have you seen Kraft lately? Wild hair, slurs his words; wonder what he’s on? But Irsay is at least classy, generous, honest. Kraft admitted guilt for Deflategate & paid a $1 million fine, thinking that would make the commissioner drop his case vs Brady. So if you buy out the commissioner you can be allowed to break rules with no punishment; it doesn’t work that way senile old man. That & this Benedict McDaniels saga show that Kraft will do anything unscrupulous to get his way. Classless, juvenile, scumbag, & POS.

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        • paulknowsbest

          How bout Irsay packing up in the middle of the night and leaving Baltimore for Indy?? Not cheating and def not classy

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    • Scottl

      If you are going to go off on a team get the facts right. New England lost a first round pick, not a second you hater.

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      • dcahen

        Oh, sorry. My bad. Thanks for clearing that up. I’m grateful.

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    • qbass187

      Yeah, great job with that rambling nonsense. Cleared a lot of stuff up there…
      Dummy

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      • dcahen

        Not rambling nonsense, that’s what the article was. Poor Joshy, I’m hoping you Patty fans get stuck with him & he flames out; but I think once Brady retires, Kraft & Belicheat will can Joshy & he & wide & his 4 kids will be on the street because no one will hire him.

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        • bravesfan88
          bravesfan88

          Why would you wish and hope for bad things for McDaniel’s wife and especially their kids??

          I truly hope you are not old enough to drive. God help us all, if someone so petty and immature is currently able to legally operate a vehicle!! Come on kid, grow up a little…

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    • NEFan21

      Cahen, how can he be an apologist when he said in his article that he doesn’t fully buy the Butler story and will keep digging?

      As for McDaniels, there was no obvious replacement for him, whereas Brian Flores was always the favorite to replace Patricia, which made it easier to let him go. But in any business, when you can potentially lose your top 2 lieutenants, it’s easier to scramble at the last minute to try and keep one. That doesn’t make them cheaters, simply that they did everything to keep a top guy due to not having a clear Plan B. Yeah, it sucks for Indy and I get it. But Reich will be a good coach and this bitterness will go away quickly.

      Not making excuses, because I feel McDaniels and the Pats could’ve addressed this a long time ago and regardless of rivalry, I don’t condone what happened with any coach or team.

      But no one is apologist, nor should apologize. McDaniels didn’t sign a contract and no rules were violated. You want to be bitter about breaking his word, fine, but there are several reasons for McDaniels to stay and have 2nd thoughts about the current train wreck that is the Colts.

      Stay classy, pal!

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    • water boy

      And yet another hater speaks, and says? Absolutely nothing!

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  2. bravesfan88
    bravesfan88

    McDaniels should not have made a decision unless he was 100% positive, plain and simple. Especially, when he was involving the lives and families of other assistant coaches. Thankfully the Colts still honored their deal for the two coaches that were supposed to join McDaniel’s staff…That was a classy move by the Colts.

    I strongly believe a man’s worth is heavily tied to his word, and following through with your word. However, men make mistakes, as we are all human. McDaniels made a mistake, and because of this mistake, those outside of the Patriots organization will always second guess McDaniels. That’s the price he will have to pay, and rightfully so.

    The hatred though being spewed out by Colts fans, Patriots fans, and Patriots haters is just ridiculous and completely uncalled for. A man made a mistake, and ultimately decided to do what was best for his self and his family. He has to live with the embarrassment of his mistake, and that is that, END OF STORY!!

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    • water boy

      What McDaniels did happens everyday hundreds maybe even thousands of times all over this country.
      Haters are hypocrites. Most that have commented have probably done the exact same thing in exactly the same manner.

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  3. inkstainedscribe

    The real problem with the McDaniels-has-it-locked-up theory is the Rooney Rule. If the “lig” allows this to go through, then there’s no reason to continue pretending the rule means anything.

    I’m not sure it does anymore, even so.

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    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      What does the Rooney Rule have to do with any of this?

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      • Brackish Hippo

        That if you promise a head coach position to someone (McDaniels) , then minority candidates have not been considered for it. The NFL has effectively outlawed succession planning, one of the most important attributes of s successful business.

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