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Friday Afternoon Patriots Notebook 3/1: News and Notes

Both Maye and Daniels are excited about potentially being a member of the Patriots.

Ian Logue
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March 1, 2024 at 3:04 pm ET

Friday Afternoon Patriots Notebook 3/1: News and Notes(PHOTO: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

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Some Patriots news on this Friday:

Maye and Daniels Talk About Potentially Being a Patriot:

With both Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels being potential targets for the New England Patriots, both guys sounded pretty excited to possibly be the next QB up here in New England.

The two met with the media this week and each talked about the possibility, with Daniels giving his thoughts Friday morning as he spoke to reporters.

“Yeah, it would be dope,” Daniels said via CBS’s Michael Hurley when asked about his thoughts about potentially landing with the Patriots. “Obviously, growing up and seeing what Tom Brady did there, six Super Bowls, that’s tough to live up to. But it would be dope to come in there and see the success they had and help them get back on that track.”

Maye echoed those sentiments when he was asked about potentially playing at Gillette Stadium for the foreseeable future.

“Shoot, New England. I mean, it’s hard not to talk about the dynasty. You know, the great, you think of the GOAT. That’s what you think of. When you think of New England, you think of the GOAT, Tom Brady,” Maye said. “So, just a place that’s had a lot of success. They’ve had some years lately that haven’t been as successful and looking to get back on track.”

Both players have already met with the Patriots as the club continues doing its due diligence ahead of the draft.  They’ve also reportedly met with Caleb Williams, Bo Nix, and J.J. McCarthy.

The key question is going to ultimately be who is available when the Patriots make their selection.  There continue to be rumblings of Chicago pondering a trade of the #1 overall pick, which could affect who ends up being taken in that spot.

While Williams is the consensus pick among quite a few people when it comes to this year’s draft, it also doesn’t sound like he’s necessarily a lock to be taken there.

In Phil Perry’s most recent Next Pats Podcast, Perry pointed out that Williams doesn’t seem to be everyone’s top choice.

“Caleb Williams is not everyone’s number one quarterback, which surprises me a little bit,” said Perry.  “It’s not even something that you hear from evaluators that he is the most far and away, most talented, no questions asked, and it’s just the off-the-field stuff that we have concerns with. No, there are football reasons as to why Caleb Williams might not be every scout, every coach’s favorite quarterback in this year’s draft class.  I found that interesting.”

Perry also added that, should the Bears hold on to their selection and make a pick in the top spot, seeing Williams go to Chicago isn’t a guarantee and that the interviews with teams this week will likely carry a lot of weight in terms of how he’s viewed heading into the draft.

“The Bears, after having spoken to someone in Chicago, are not dead set on taking Caleb Williams,” said Perry.  “It’s not a guarantee.  It is not locked in, and this week will matter for him.”

(PHOTO: Greg M. Cooper – USA TODAY Sports)

Hoyer Provides Some Insight Into 2022 Season:

Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston had former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer on his podcast this week, and Hoyer provided some incredible insight into what was obviously a fascinating/frustrating season in 2022.

Hoyer talked about the challenge of implementing the system Matt Patricia attempted to that year, and said the experience of not having done it is what led to a lot of the problems they experienced that summer.

“I think there was a lot of shifts trying to take place, and there were shifts trying to take place with kind of no clear path, I guess that’s the best way I would put it,” explained Hoyer. “You know, you were trying to get away from the system that had been run here for so long, but there also wasn’t anyone who had been in another system that was trying to implement it.”

“Look, I’ve played in a lot of different offenses, and what we were trying to do that year was kind of a hodge-podge of a bunch of different things without a clear-cut person who had ever run those things before, and I think that frustrated a lot of people, especially guys who had played in that offense for a long time.”

Hoyer added that one of the problems heading into that year was the fact that players had previously played under Josh McDaniels, who he said really put a lot of emphasis on guys having an understanding of the reasons behind the concepts and having a solid handle on things.

That’s why when players started questioning Matt Patricia on some of the concepts, he said that’s where the problems started.

“It was a blessing and a curse to be coached by Josh McDaniels for as long as we were, because Josh demanded so much out of you that you had to learn the ins and outs of everything and the reasons and the rules,” said Hoyer.  “And when you go from that to a system that really doesn’t have a solid foundation and doesn’t have a lot of rules and all those things to guys who have been coached that way for so long, we were kind of looking at like, ‘Well, how do you want us to do this?'”

Hoyer also pointed out that for guys who were new to the team, which included then rookie quarterback, Bailey Zappe, they didn’t have the same preconceived view of things.

“It was funny, the guys who had never been in that system before, they didn’t know the difference,” said Hoyer.  “They were like, ‘Oh, this is just what it is.'”

Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer

(PHOTO: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

He also added that when it came to Mac Jones, he was impressed with how intelligent Jones was when he joined the team in 2021, but that learning under McDaniels set a bar that became an issue for anyone handling the offense moving forward after McDaniels left for the Raiders.

“I would say this about Mac Jones, his rookie year, I was convinced people were telling him the answers to questions in the room or they were giving him the script on the field, because I had never seen someone that young learn that offense so quickly,” said Hoyer.  “It took me three years to get to where he was at the end of training camp.  That to me, it was a blessing, and it was a curse because when Josh left, a lot of people who were going to come in weren’t going to be at the point to be able to coach him at that high of a level, and he’s an intelligent guy so he questions a lot of things.”

When it came to the overall change, Hoyer said that he was supportive of what they were trying to do and he even provided playbooks from his time in both Cleveland and San Francisco to try and help coaches get a better handle on the concepts.

Hoyer said that when it came to Jones, what the Patriots were doing was similar to what Alabama had done, having incorporated various systems into their offense, which Jones obviously had familiarity with.  However, when it came to trying to transition here, he believes the lack of really being able to explain it was what ultimately prevented it from working.

“I think that’s what the idea was,” said Hoyer about incorporating various concepts of offense.  “But I don’t think there was anyone who could put the vision to paper and then explain it and then have us go out and do it.  I think that was the tough part.”

Belichick told Hoyer to Retire:

Prior to going to Las Vegas, Bill Belichick apparently called the former Patriots quarterback and told him to retire.

That apparently struck a nerve with Hoyer, who ended up reuniting with Josh McDaniels out in Las Vegas ahead of the 2023 season.  Hoyer said that his Week 6 win over New England was “gratifying” as it justified his decision to keep playing.

“Honestly, I got a call from coach Belichick, and he told me that I should retire,” said Hoyer.  “I wasn’t ready to retire and I knew that I could still play.  So there was nothing more gratifying than to go out there and then beat the Patriots this year.”

Hoyer didn’t start that contest, but he ended up in the game in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo, finishing 6-of-10 for 102 yards during the Raiders 21-17 win over the Patriots in Las Vegas.

On This Day: Buckley Makes Pitch to Become a Patriot:

On this day in 2000, former Miami Dolphins defensive back Terrell Buckley made a pitch to reporters about how he could join his good friend and Patriots cornerback Ty Law in New England.

Buckely told the Miami Herald that Law was willing to restructure his $50 million contract to make room under the salary cap for Buckley to join the New England secondary. Buckley also said Law was going to talk to Patriots management about the idea.

At the time, Buckley’s frustration with the Dolphins stemmed from an issue with then-head coach Jimmy Johnson, with Buckley feeling like Johnson damaged his reputation when he benched him in favor of Patrick Surtain after their Thanksgiving Day loss that season to Dallas.

“His stunt he pulled, taking me out of the lineup, destroyed the team — or at least really hurt the team,” Buckley told the Herald. “I did not agree with it then, I still don’t agree with it, and I still don’t understand it.”

While Buckley didn’t end up in New England during the 2000 season (he wound up in Denver that year), he did go on to play for the Patriots in 2001 and 2002, with Buckley starting 15 games during New England’s 2001 championship run, finishing with 28 tackles and 3 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

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Ian Logue is a Seacoast native and owner and senior writer for PatsFans.com, an independent media site covering the New England Patriots and has been running this site in one form or another since 1997.


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