To commemorate Bill Belichick’s 70th birthday, NBC Sports’ Peter King sat down with Mike Krzyzewski to get his take on the New England Patriots head coach’s storied career.
Amid expected praise for Belichick’s achievements, Krzyzewski makes an interesting observation on the composition of the new Patriots coaching staff.
The newly retired Duke basketball coach believes Belichick’s decision to move Matt Patricia, a former longtime Patriots defensive coordinator and Detroit Lions head coach, to the offensive side of the ball illustrates how much Belichick grants a increased confidence in its supporting cast.
“The best way to become an owner is to use someone’s ideas or give them the ability, the responsibility,” Krzyzewski told King. “Like talking to my team and how you, before a game, set up a scout. As I got older, I allowed more and more, more and more. I learned more. It’s different music, slightly different music that’s happening.
“I always thought Bill had a curiosity about the game. It wasn’t what he already knew. It was what he was still going to learn and how he was going to use what he knew in the game. ever-changing environment he found himself in. He adapts very well. He probably learned to better utilize the talents of the people around him. Like, former Detroit Lions head coach (Patricia)… and how he uses it. It’s different from his past, isn’t it?”
King wrote that “Krzyzewski seemed certain the freshness could be good for the (Patriots) staff and good for the team,” but Belichick’s plan to replace deceased offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is a sure bet. While it’s unclear exactly how Belichick, who turns 70 on Saturday, will structure his offensive squad, he said both Patricia and Joe Judge will have prominent roles despite their areas of expertise in defense and teams. specials, respectively.
Although Patricia and Judge have both served as NFL head coaches, neither has coached quarterbacks or called plays. The Patriots have a promising second-year QB in Mac Jones. The transition from the ultra-experienced McDaniels to this current setup is risky, as Year 2 is a vital stage in the development of any young passer.