BOSTON (CBS) — Joe Judge will return to New England.
The Patriots and Bill Belichick bring Judge back to the team, this time as an offensive assistant. The Patriots officially announced the news on Tuesday afternoon, after Sports Illustrated Albert Breer announced the expected agreement early in the day.
Judge left the Patriots in 2020 to become head coach of the New York Giants, but led the team to a 10-23 record and was fired after the 2021 season.
Prior to becoming the Giants’ head coach, Judge spent eight seasons as an assistant under Belichick, serving as special teams coordinator from 2015-2019 and adding wide receivers coaching in 2019. He also worked as an assistant special teams under Nick Saban at Alabama. from 2009-11.
Last year, before a preseason meeting between the Patriots and the Giants, Belichick praised his former assistant.
“Joe is a good football coach. Period,” Belichick said. “All the things a good coach should do, Joe does. And he did a great job here for me in a number of different capacities. More importantly special teams, but he had a lot of other things too. responsibilities. When I gave him something to do, he did a good job, and that led to other things. I know he’s like a very accomplished football coach. He has a good understanding of the game and how to train it.
The Patriots’ offensive coaching staff is in a bit of a flux, with longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels departing to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Rehiring Judge will bring some of the Patriots experience back into the offensive coaching staff.
UPDATE: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said hiring a judge could cause the Patriots not to hire an offensive coordinator.
the #Patriots are working on some things, but they can’t hire an OC. The addition of Joe Judge gives them additional leadership on offense and allows them to shift some responsibilities. So Judge goes home. https://t.co/85SWqbq5lw
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 8, 2022
The team remained without coaches with official coordinator titles, with Jerod Mayo and Steve Belichick serving as de facto defensive co-coordinators last season. Previously, Brian Flores worked as a defensive coordinator without the title, and Bill O’Brien worked as an offensive coordinator without the title for two years before getting the OC tag.