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What will new QB coach Jedd Fisch bring to Patriots offense in 2020?

What will new QB coach Jedd Fisch bring to Patriots offense in 2020?

Editor’s note: In the coming weeks our Patriots insiders will be speaking with beat writers from around the NFL to get an outside view on what the future holds for the Patriots. Today’s team: The Los Angeles Rams with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

One under-the-radar personnel move made by the New England Patriots after the 2019 season was the hiring of Jedd Fisch as quarterbacks coach in January.

Fisch spent 2018 and 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams as an assistant offensive coordinator. His experience as an offensive coach dates to 2004, when he was an offensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.

Since then, Fisch has spent time with numerous teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as an offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. Before joining the Rams, Fisch was an offensive coach at Michigan (2015-16) and UCLA (2017), where he also was named an interim head coach.

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On the latest edition of Patriots Opposing Views, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated shed some light on what Fisch will bring to the Patriots in 2020.

"Very much a quarterbacks guy," Breer said about Fisch. "I'm sure [Bill] Belichick's connection to him at least to some degree came through Mike Shanahan. Mike Shanahan helped welcome Jedd Fisch into the league, and he's clearly been a part of the development of Jared Goff over the last couple of years, went to a Super Bowl with Jared Goff at the quarterback position. He was a part of that room.

"Everywhere he's been, he's been locked in on the quarterbacks. My feeling is [the Patriots] brought him in for very Jarrett Stidham-specific reasons. His experience, again, is working with young quarterbacks. He was a college coach both at UCLA and at Michigan. And so, I think part of the reason you bring him in is to give Jarrett Stidham one more resource to work with."

Considering Stidham's inexperience at the pro level, it makes sense to give the 2019 fourth-round draft pick every resource possible to help expedite his development. While Fisch may not be a household name, his role is tremendously important to Stidham and the Patriots' success in 2020.

Stidham will have plenty of coaches in his corner as he prepares to take over for Tom Brady. Along with Fisch, Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels, and veteran QB Brian Hoyer each will play a major part in getting Stidham ready to lead the Patriots offense in Week 1.

This Stephon Gilmore video from Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win is great

This Stephon Gilmore video from Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win is great

So much about being a great defensive player in the NFL is having good timing and knowing the right angles to take, and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore put those attributes on display throughout Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams.

The veteran defensive back was a problem for the Rams throughout the game. One of his best plays was forcing a fumble in the fourth quarter by punching the ball out of the grasp of Rams running back C.J. Anderson.

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The Checkdown tweeted a fantastic video Tuesday breaking down Gilmore's forced fumble. Check it out in the tweet below:

Perhaps the most impressive part of this play might be the fact that Gilmore was getting stiff-armed in the face as he was making a lunge at the ball and still was able to pry it loose.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, the ball rolled out of bounds and the Rams maintained possession.

However, Gilmore forced a turnover later in the fourth quarter when he intercepted Rams quarterback Jared Goff. The Patriots kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive en route to a 13-3 victory.

Gilmore took his performance to an even higher level in 2019 and won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award. He also earned a first-team All-Pro selection for the second consecutive season.

2020 NFL Schedule: Patriots' itinerary for two-week L.A. road trip revealed

2020 NFL Schedule: Patriots' itinerary for two-week L.A. road trip revealed

Assuming the 2020 NFL season happens, the New England Patriots will get plenty of sunshine.

The Patriots have back-to-back road games in Weeks 13 and 14 against Los Angeles' two NFL teams, the Chargers and Rams.

Both clubs are set to play in the brand-new SoFi Stadium this season, so it would make sense for New England to just stay out in L.A. between Weeks 13 and 14 rather than make two cross-country flights, especially since the Week 14 Rams game is on a Thursday night.

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According to NBC Sports' Peter King, that's exactly what the Patriots will do. Via King's "Football Morning In America" column, here's New England's travel itinerary for its L.A. trip, which actually only spans seven days total:

- Depart Providence (R.I.), Saturday Dec. 5.
- Play Chargers at SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, Sunday Dec. 6.
- Practice in southern California two or three days.
- Play Rams at SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, Thursday Dec. 10.
- Arrive Providence, Friday Dec. 11.

That's a pretty cushy setup for the Patriots, who get to stay in sunny Southern California in December ahead of their lone Thursday night matchup while saving an extra road trip.

The Rams, meanwhile, have to play on the road in Arizona prior to that Thursday matchup in Week 14, a situation they're apparently not happy about.

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Lest you feel the Patriots got too sweet a deal, they'll have to turn right around on Saturday, Dec. 12, and fly to Miami for a Week 15 game against the Dolphins. In fact, they're one of only four NFL teams with a stretch of three consecutive road games.

New England also has one of the NFL's hardest schedules based on their 2020 opponents, so young quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the Patriots will have their work cut out for them following Tom Brady's departure.

Stidham has been training in Southern California this offseason, though, so at least he'll be familiar with the climate for two of his road games.