5. Play calling
Last but not least, the offensive and defensive play calling is something to follow this season for the Patriots.
Offensively, it’s going to be very interesting to see the type of game plans that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can come up with in his first season without Tom Brady in New England.
Stidham being more agile and versatile than Brady should force McDaniels to open up the playbook to some different and new plays/formations to cater to what Stidham can bring to the table athletically.
Another thing we often kept watch of was the reactions and interactions between Brady and McDaniels in the past. Of course, we’re now going to be watching how McDaniels and Stidham interact with each other after a turnover or a bad play.
Defensively, since the departure of former defensive coordinator Matt Partricia, we still don’t know who is officially calling the plays for the defense. After Brian Flores stepped up to the plate and called plays in 2018, it appeared that both Jerod Mayo and Steve Belichick were calling in the defensive plays in 2019.
Come the first defensive possession of the 2020 regular season, all eyes are going to be on the sidelines to see who is most likely the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
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