NFL Notebook: Patriots OC Josh McDaniels faces the coaching job of his career

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Being the offensive coordinator of the Patriots is the easiest job in the league, they say.

As for reasons, you can pretty much start and stop at, "Well, he's got Tom Brady." In previous years you could add Rob Gronkowski, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Julian Edelman to the mix of great players to work with. Guys like James White weren't far off, and there were always plenty of clutch bodies around to help push the offense forward in times of distress.

But as the 2019 Patriots enter the stretch run, there should be little argument that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels faces one of the biggest challenges of his Patriots career, if not the biggest.

Sunday night's lineup against the Cowboys should be an anomaly with Phillip Dorsett (concussion) likely out, and Mohamed Sanu a game-time decision, according to sources. This is what the Patriots could be left with:

WR — Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry (second game), Jakobi Meyers (rookie), Matthew Slater (special teams).
TE — Ben Watson (38-years old), Matt LaCosse (sixth game), Ryan Izzo (seventh game).
RB — Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris (rookie).

The Patriots might very well be pressed into activating either Devin Ross (signed Oct. 19) or Quincy Adeboyejo (signed Tuesday) from the practice squad.

This should be temporary. And considering the Cowboys' defense, don't be surprised if the Patriots go skinny at receiver, use all three tight ends and put Burkhead in a receiver role.

That's for one game. But is it really all that much better for the rest of the season?