Offering up some quick-hit sound bites from Monday conference calls with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia:
McDaniels doesn't respond to Sherman. McDaniels was asked about Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman saying the Patriots have a "gimmick offense," and one that wasn't ready for a "heavyweight fight." McDaniels wasn't looking to fire back. "I don't pay attention to (it)," he said. "They have a good defense, they really do. They have one of the top defenses in the league. I give them a lot of credit. They play a lot of players in there, and they play the run well, and they defend the pass well. They don't give up a lot of big plays. They played better than we did yesterday."
Patricia on Arrington drop-off. After allowing two big catches to Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin on Seattle's second offensive series, Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington was benched in favor of rookie Alfonzo Dennard. On Monday, Patricia was asked about what went into the decision: "We try to play as many guys as we can who are active for the game. Everyone's going to have a role for that particular game and will have an opportunity to play. So we certainly are going to take all the guys who are active and get them out there and try to get some opportunity to get some plays out of them, and certainly we do that every week," he said.
Hernandez 'tried to do exactly what we wanted him to do.' After missing nearly a month with an ankle injury, tight end Aaron Hernandez returned on Sunday, but in a limited role. "Aaron made some key plays. We knew that we obviously would limit some of the things that we did with him. He made some important plays for us, got some drives started with some positive plays. Made a couple third-down conversions there, and ended up scoring on the goal line, so we thought he could help us and contribute and help us win the game," McDaniels said. "I thought Aaron tried to do exactly what we wanted him to do with his opportunities, and hopefully that will continue to improve as we go forward."