OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JOSH MCDANIELS CONFERENCE CALL
Q: What have you liked about Keshawn Martin’s play?
JM: Keshawn’s really taken advantage of his opportunities. He works extremely hard, he prepares to know his part in the game plan very well and practices well. I think that he has demonstrated the ability to do the two things that we really tell our receivers they have to do, which is to get open and catch the ball. He’s versatile. He can play multiple roles in multiple spots, which he has done in each game he has played in. He’s demonstrated the ability to make plays under pressure and he’s made some catches on third down and he’s made some catches in the red zone. He’s had to do some things for us, in terms of adjusting after the ball’s been snapped. I really like the things that Keshawn’s doing, really enjoy the person that he is. He’s really a good kid, he works hard, he has a great attitude, he’s bright and he’s talented. We are fortunate to have him and like I said, he’s really doing a good job of making the most of his opportunities that he’s getting. We’ll look forward to continued improvement and growth from him as we go through the rest of the season
Q: Do you have insight on why the Patriots ran three trick plays?
JM: Most weeks, we usually have available to us, or at least think about some things that are a little bit out the box. Sometimes, those plays depend on a specific look by the defense, or a certain situation that you’re hoping comes up in the game so that you can use it. On that particular sequence, it started with the flea flicker and we had an opportunity there to maybe make a play and we just missed on it. The reverse was right behind it and the Wildcat play was next and I think that it wasn’t planned out that we were going to do those three things in sequential order. I think sometimes you’re kind of just feeling the flow of the game. What you may or may not need offensively, whether that be jump starting the offense, what have you. I think that we just had a decent chunk pass to Rob [Gronkowski] prior to that so it wasn’t like we hadn’t moved the ball on that drive prior to that play but sometimes, those are things that you wanted to call earlier in the game. We didn’t have that many plays in the first quarter and that was kind of the beginning of the second quarter and still kind of on our earlier calls that we wanted to give an opportunity to go and it just kind of happened that three of those happened to be in a row. That’s generally how those plays work and if you have a bad look or it’s not the right time to do it, then usually we have a way to get out of those types of plays.
Q: How do you go about expanding a player like Steven Jackson’s role?
JM: I think that will start just with the work week. Steven had really two days of practice last week so I think that it’s fair to say that we wanted to put him in a situation that was fair to him based on the preparation and the work that he had done prior to the game. This week will give us another three days of good work and experience and exposure to him and for him to the offense that will give us an opportunity to expand his role, hopefully during the course of the game on Sunday. Sometimes circumstances or the situation in the game could dictate what you have to do offensively. Hopefully, we are not in too many of those situations where we can’t use our backs, use our tight ends, and use our receivers the way that we would hope to, or design it for the week that we are playing currently. Hopefully, the three days of practice are going to be good for him, good for us and get him more familiar with different things in the offense and the goal would to be able to expand what he feels comfortable doing, which in turn, will make us comfortable putting him in those situations under pressure Sunday in Miami.