Bill Belichick credits Josh McDaniels for key adjustment in Super Bowl LIII win

Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 12:59 am
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ATLANTA -- Super Bowl LIII certainly won't be remembered for its offense, but one adjustment offensively may have been one of the biggest keys in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams.

In the first half, the Patriots only had three points and 195 yards of total offense, but in the second half 10 points and 212 yards.

Bill Belichick credited offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for making a slight adjustment.

“I think the real key breakthrough came when Josh went to the—McDaniels made a great adjustment," he said. "We talked about that on the sideline. We went to a two tight-end offense, but we spread them out. We were able to complete some passes to Julian [Edelman] and then to Rob [Gronkowski] at the goal line to score. It was really well executed. Not something we had, I’d say anticipated doing a lot in this game. We did it against Kansas City, but it was kind of right time, right situation. We had good protection to be able to make those throws. Tom [Brady] did a great job getting the ball to the open guy.

"That was a great throw he made to Gronkowksi to get it down to the 2-yard line. Josh McDaniels did an – as usual – did an outstanding job of play calling and eventually finding things that worked and made some big drives for us. Running game at the end, we were able to knock out a couple of big runs when we were backed up and then really got the ball back until we had the 10-point lead.”

Gronkowski finished the game with six catches on seven targets for 87 yards in what could have been his final NFL game.

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