How will the New England Patriots replace Josh McDaniels and his 13 years of experience leading one of the NFL’s most effective offenses?
The plan is not really clear.
Failed New York Giants head coach Joe Judge should work with the quarterbacks. Failed Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia should work with the offensive line. Tight ends coach Nick Caley could also take on a bigger role. But the Patriots still don’t have a defined game coach or quarterbacks coach (Judge’s title is “offensive assistant”) with NFL free agency just two weeks away.
Our Patriots Insider Phil Perry recently landed in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, and on a new Patriots Talk podcast with Tom E. Curran, Perry passed on some insights into how New England competitors view his current setup. ‘coaching.
“I can just tell you, Tom, after talking to some people here and people around the league: People are flabbergasted at how this Patriots staff has come together,” Perry said. “He focuses specifically on that offensive side: what are they going to do in terms of quarterback coaching and calling plays?
Perry added that some still give Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt, and there’s a sense of, “Well, it’s Bill, and he’s going to find out.” But the fact that neither Judge nor Patricia have directly coached the post groups they could lead in 2022 is causing a bit of a stir at Indy.
“I understand the coaches themselves will be talking a bit more about roles for 2022 this week,” Perry said. “So if that’s how it goes, there’s a lot of raised eyebrows here in Indianapolis. I’ll say that.”
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones looks like a franchise player after a strong rookie season, so you’d think Belichick would want to surround him with an experienced coaching staff who can maximize his talents.
But New England apparently didn’t make a serious effort to land Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien or former New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, and Perry notes that the team has not contacted former Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea. , who has at least one offensive coordinator experience with the Miami Dolphins in 2019.
There’s still time for the Patriots to add to their staff, and if they don’t, Belichick’s teams have had success in the past without the traditional coordinators in place. But from the outside, it looks like there’s some skepticism about what’s going on in Foxboro.
For more from Perry and Curran on the state of the coaching staff, the status of JC Jackson’s negotiations with the Patriots and more, subscribe to the Patriots Talk podcast Where watch the latest episode on YouTube below.