New England Patriots are set to interview for an offensive coordinator but Bill Belichick’s job is safe following crunch talks with owner Robert Kraft after the offense’s post-Tom Brady slump continued this season
- The NE Patriots will next week start interviewing for an offensive coordinator
- Bill Belichick is set to return next season, but his assistants may not be so lucky
- Matt Patricia was not the official OC, but was tasked with calling offensive plays
- QB Mac Jones was visibly frustrated with his offensive coordinator this season
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The New England Patriots are set to make significant changes after the franchise failed to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
Bill Belichick is currently on the lookout for a offensive coordinator after a tough season under former Detroit Lions head coach and longtime defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia.
It comes after talks with owner Robert Kraft after a trying season in which the Patriots were hampered by a 26th ranked offense. Naturally, Belichick’s position is safe, but some of his assistants may not be so fortunate, per NBC Sports Boston.
Bill Belichick met with Robert Kraft following a disappointing end to New England’s season
‘Belichick isn’t going to put anyone’s head on a spike for the pleasure of the masses,’ beat writer Tom E. Curran said. ‘But my understanding is offensive coaching reassignments are going to happen and several offensive coaches are under consideration for the Patriots’ 2023 staff.’
The Pats announced Thursday it would begin interviews for an offensive coordinator next week. During their 8-9 season, which ended with a loss to an emotion-charged Buffalo, New England neglected to name an official OC.
For all intents and purposes, Patricia was the equivalent – calling plays for Mac Jones and the offense.
Former New York Giants head coach and ex-Patriots special teams coordinator, Joe Judge, also held a high-ranking offensive coaching position.
While not named the official offensive coordinator, Matt Patricia called the plays on offense
With Belichick set to go in a different direction, it remains unclear if the pair will stay on the New England staff.
Patricia often caught the ire of Patriots fans on social media, and even frustrated Mac Jones during a season of offensive inefficiency.
In more positive news for the franchise, it announced it had ‘begun contract extension discussions with [inside linebackers coach] Jerod Mayo that would keep him with the team long-term.’
Belichick kept NE competitive in most games despite the offense’s inability to score heavily
Mayo was a member of the Patriots roster for eight seasons and has been an assistant for four years.
He has attracted interest for numerous franchises in need of a coach, including the Carolina Panthers – who requested to interview Mayo for its head coaching position.
Cleveland also requested to speak with him for their vacant defensive coordinator role.