Report: Matt Patricia could be calling offensive plays for the Patriots

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In his second act with the Patriots, Matt Patricia has become a jack of all trades. He may soon become the master of one specific task.

Calling offensive plays.

Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com reports that, while coach Bill Belichick has yet to decide who will call the offensive plays post-Josh McDaniels, the situation is “trending” in the direction of the former defensive coordinator who spent most of three years as head coach of the Lions.

Patricia returned to the Patriots last year. He has thrived in a variety of roles. For years, the organization has had a significant amount of respect for Patricia, regarded in some circles as one of the smartest men in the league. Although there’s no reason to think that Belichick will be stepping down any time soon, it would be wise to keep an eye on Patricia as a potential in-house successor, eventually.

The other candidates for the job are Joe Judge and Belichick himself.

However things play out, the overall performance of the offense becomes a key focal point for the Patriots in 2022, given the departure of McDaniels. The fact that Belichick, a defensive coordinator before he became a head coach, would possibly entrust calling plays to another coach with a strong defensive background underscores the value of mastering both sides of the ball.

54 responses to “Report: Matt Patricia could be calling offensive plays for the Patriots

  1. Your comment is awaiting censorship. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved by our liberal censors says:

    Nick Caley

  2. I think Josh McDaniels leaving Mac and the Patriots is the biggest off-season loss that nobodies talking about. It might affect the Pats offense more than expected. McDaniels really protected Mac with his play design.

  3. With belichick you always have a good chance, not as good as with belichick and Brady but god was that fun for 20 years !

  4. Calling plays isn’t all that difficult for any professional coach. Why do those that critique both offense and defense don’t think a coach can do both?

  5. Sounds like they are tanking it down for a top QB next year. They already have a solid backup on the roster for the next decade. They just need someone who actually has NFL caliber skills.

  6. I remember the goofy Lions fans claiming that Patricia and Quinn were going to bring the Lions to the promise land. Later that year both of them were canned!

    Matt Patricia has zero coaching ability in the NFL, he rode the coattails of Belichick for his whole career and he is still doing it!

  7. See. It can be fun to be part the patriots. See. -Zero coaching tree members

  8. Matt Patricia may be a smart, well educated man but effectively communicating with others is not rocket science. Patricia’s time in Detroit was stained by his inability to effectively, respectfully and meaningfully interact with his players. Combining poor communication skills with an inability to game plan and make in game adjustments spelled absolute disaster in Detroit. Unless he has somehow reprogrammed his personality, the prognosis for the Patriots with Patricia at the helm is poor.

  9. ocdn says:
    June 6, 2022 at 9:56 am
    Get ready for a losing season Pats fans…..

    Yeah, we heard this last season too..

    Kraft has owned the team for since 1994 in 27 years the Patriots have had THREE losing seasons.

  10. I get nervous then I see that pencil behind his ear and I know everything will be ok.

  11. I just wait for the pathetic excuses from Belichick believers when offense struggles in the coming season.

    They believe that Belichick invented the system, then he should call plays if offense struggles. I believe they will shamelessly blame everything on Matt Patricia, who has been a defensive coach.

    BTW, I think that the current situation is due to that NO ONE WANTS TO BE OC of that offense, as it will ruin his career.

  12. Negativity sells in New England! They will be fine. Josh didn’t have to do crap really with Brady and way overrated when you consider his 4 years without Brady. This coaching structure is very common especially in college. They are both excellent coaches and coordinators. As Josh, Patricia and Judge found out there is WAY more to building an entire organization, being a head coach, building culture, motivation, leadership etc and they just don’t have the chops yet. Its ok to be an excellent contributor but not the CEO. Lets face it there are only a handful of very good head coaches in NFL and that’s with only 32 jobs available. Not worried 1 bit unless you listen to local sports radio every day:)

  13. Doesn’t matter. Belichick called plays during their first Super Bowl run. He is the system, both sides of the ball.

  14. Well he did such a Great Job calling the Defensive plays in SB LII what could possibly go wrong?

  15. I have full confidence in this. This is a recycled conversation. McDaniels left and coached, and failed miserably. Patricia left and coached, and failed miserably. There are others which we all know as well. Fact of the matter is, Belichick always lines up his players and coaches to succeed in SPECIFICALLY what they need to do. People saying they are riding coattails, well yeah, and by what I and all of us see, that seems fine for most because they are doing one thing: Winning

  16. All of his plays have good names. For example, the deep post is the deep fried post. Crossing routes will now be referred to as croissant routes. Extra butter = blitz. Stuff like that.

  17. Here is my thought that I have not seen mentioned in any comments anywhere regarding this topic of who is going to be calling offensive plays for the Patriots.

    To call a defensive play the coach has to anticipate what the offense is going to run. To call an offensive play the coach has to anticipate what the defense is going to run.

    Doesn’t it make sense for a defensive coach to have some offensive background? Doesn’t it make sense for an offensive coach to have some defensive background?

    Gotta break some eggs for an omelet.

  18. Belichick always lines up his players and coaches to succeed.

    ++++++++++++++

    Let us see if he can still do it without a QB who, with a cheap squad, gives him a “slow and boring” TOP 4 offense.

    You don’t know that Pats had 9 straight seasons of top 4 offense, don’t you?

  19. flash1224 says:
    June 6, 2022 at 10:19 am
    ocdn says:
    June 6, 2022 at 9:56 am
    Get ready for a losing season Pats fans…..

    Yeah, we heard this last season too..

    Kraft has owned the team for since 1994 in 27 years the Patriots have had THREE losing seasons

    ———

    Last season’s playoff embarrassment against the Bills felt like a complete season of losses

  20. Well he is a rocket scientist as we’ve heard for years. Maybe it isn’t that hard to switch from Defense to offense? LOL

  21. It’s conceivable that the best play-caller on the New England Patriots is the very bright, talented QB1.

  22. My question is this: After reading the title to this thread, does that also mean that Patricia could NOT be calling plays for the Patriots, as well??

  23. Without having a stacked roster, fans are going to soon realize that Brady was the Patriots system for at least 15 years. No quarterback can win without talent. Mac Jones is the same situation now that Brady was in during his last season in New England.

  24. touchback6 says:
    June 6, 2022 at 10:02 am
    Sounds like they are tanking it down for a top QB next year. They already have a solid backup on the roster for the next decade. They just need someone who actually has NFL caliber skills.
    —————————————————————————————————————-
    What? So draft a QB in Rd1/Pick15, watch him go to the Pro Bowl his first season and then tank season 2 for a new QB? You must think it’s horrible to throw for 3,800 yards and 22 TDs as a rookie.

  25. It’s been Joe Judge more so then Patricia. May not be better but that’s the news out of Boston Sports.

  26. If he was one of the smartest men in the league he would have never taken that Detroit gig.

  27. Belichick is grooming Patricia to take over when he retires. That says a lot about the morality of the Patriots.

  28. I have no problem with Patricia calling offensive plays. He’s spent years figuring out ways to screw up what offenses are trying to do. He’ll have some insights into how to move the ball. I’m more worried about the rumors that they’re switching to some kind of Shanahan-style, zone-blocking offense. Don’t love the idea of making the gifted rookie QB learn another system in his second year.

  29. Not a big McDaniels fan but I think he was more impactful as an OC than the Patriots are giving him credit for. Matt Patricia as their OC?

  30. Wow if Patricia is as good as he was as the defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl against the eagles … ow wait never mind

  31. 12th best QB in the AFC coached by Joe Judge and Matt Patricia – what could go wrong?

  32. Kraft has owned the team for since 1994 in 27 years the Patriots have had THREE losing seasons.

    ——————-
    20 of those years with Brady as QB. But they decided to go another direction

  33. 20 of those years with Brady as QB. But they decided to go another direction

    Um no.. he started a total of 18 seasons

  34. Tom Brady is just a nice little system QB with a little arm who was suspended for cheating.

    And the fan club calls this guy Goat 😂

  35. As a Lions fan I think he also had the final decision on the the Patriots first round pick. Reminded me a lot of that linebacker in the second round he wanted for us, they didn’t even have footage of him lol.

  36. Fun to read comments about how bad and in shambles the Patriots are from fan bases whose teams have either NEVER won a title or haven’t won one in close to 50 years, Please continue to share your wisdom.

  37. This is an idea that sounds good in theory — “a specialist from the *other side of the ball* will understand what the other team is up to,” right?

    Wrong.

    Remember when the Eagles made their offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, their defensive coordinator?

    Remember how well that went?

    Yeah, me neither.

  38. ikofun says:
    “Doesn’t it make sense for a defensive coach to have some offensive background? Doesn’t it make sense for an offensive coach to have some defensive background?”

    By logic, you would think it should be. But some defensive coaches like Lovie Smith just hates involve in offense. Just watch his disinterest in ANY discussion about offense and you’d get an impatient glare from him. You would think a defensive coach can reverse engineer the offense in order to defend it but that’s not always the case at all. Mike Mayock played for Belichick and by his account that Belichick is the only coach in the NFL who can coach every position on both sides of the ball. Lovie Smith is no Belichick obviously. Smith idea of offense is unwatchable. As a Bears fan, I’m glad Chicago and Tampa dumped him. He will be gone from Houston very soon. 

  39. It’s actually an interesting bit of trivia to look at NFL coaches who have coached both sides of the ball. Bill Muir as far as I know might be the only coach in NFL history to be both OC and DC at different points in his career.

    Brian Flores coached also both sides. Defensive play caller in 2014. Was offensive coaching assistant in 2010. Pats had no OC that year and still led the league in points.

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