Bill Belichick still won’t say who’s calling offensive plays for Patriots

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Throughout the offseason, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has remained mum on not just the titles, but also the roles of New England’s offensive coaching staff in 2022.

Still, the titles were announced last week, notably with Matt Patricia as senior football advisor/offensive line and Joe Judge as offensive assistant/quarterbacks. The Patriots won’t have an official offensive or defensive coordinator this season.

But Belichick was once again asked about titles and roles in his Tuesday press conference. And he once again did not say much about them.

We’re not really big on titles and all that,” Belichick said, via Zack Cox of NESN.com. “I think it’s important that we all work together and create a great final product, so that’s what we’re going to try to do. That’s what we’ve always done.”

Multiple reports have indicated that Patricia will be calling New England’s offensive plays this season. But as noted by Tom E. Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com, one reason why the Patriots haven’t officially acknowledged that is because it allows Detroit to keep paying Patricia through this year, which was the end of his head coach contract. It also means Patricia does not have to do weekly coordinator press conferences.

So Belichick shifted focus to himself when asked if there is a plan to announce who’s calling plays.

“Look, I’m the head coach,” Belichick said. “Ultimately, I’m responsible for everything. So just leave it at that. That’s what it is.”

Patricia and Judge both were on the Patriots’ coaching staff before getting head coaching jobs with the Lions and Giants, respectively. They went a combined 23-52-1 before getting fired and ultimately coming back to New England.

“I think I’ve said many times that I think Matt and Joe are two outstanding coaches in every sense of the word,” Belichick said. “Whatever those duties entail, they’re very good — exceptional at the entire gamut. I’m glad we have both of them. They do a good job.”

68 responses to “Bill Belichick still won’t say who’s calling offensive plays for Patriots

  1. Now that he doesn’t have the GOAT can we all start calling him the weirdo he’s always been?

  2. Once again Bill is HELPING another coach, but he’ll catch heat for doing that, and he’s loving every second of it which is what’s driving people bonkers. He’s not breaking any rules here he’s working within the rules as they’re currently written, and that means the league will eventually rewrite the language to prevent this from happening again. Just like when he ran that play against the Ravens with the eligible receiver, and who was ineligible, and nobody had done it before, and the Ravens cried about it for a week

  3. It’s kinda lame if BB is trying to game the Lions for some coaching payroll. And it’s doubly lame to presume not SAYING that Patricia calls plays will work in the NFL world, when numerous game broadcast cameras are gonna be SHOWING Patricia calling plays.

  4. Imagine what it must be like being a Pats beat reporter having to ask this guy questions.

  5. The last 2 seasons have stuck in Bill’s craw so much that he’s decided to exert more control over every aspect.
    The older you get, the more controlling you become.
    In other words: He doesn’t have any trust or confidence in anyone on his staff. He only trusts his kids. He only wishes he had more sons to hire.

  6. “What’s something I can focus you on that will keep you from focusing on the players and the team? Ah…who’s calling plays. Yep, that’ll work.”

  7. And he’s not going to, so why keep harping about it? Right now, he’s just trolling the media as if this is a story.

  8. More importantly, which coach is responsible for watching the secret film of the opposing team’s practices?

  9. He’s going to use the Buffalo playbook from last year and just run on every play for the entire season.

  10. Hope Patricia doesn’t call any passing plays in the wind. Noodle arm can’t do it. lol.

  11. With any other team, this would be called a disaster.

    But, to say the least, BB has earned some benefit of the doubt. There MAY be a bit of hubris here, imo, but he is the GOAT and will probably make it work.

    I do think losing Daniels will have more impact than people think, especially w/ Jones.

  12. mackcarrington says:
    July 26, 2022 at 12:49 pm
    The last 2 seasons have stuck in Bill’s craw so much that he’s decided to exert more control over every aspect.
    The older you get, the more controlling you become.
    In other words: He doesn’t have any trust or confidence in anyone on his staff. He only trusts his kids

    ———-

    His “kid” was an unmitigated disaster

  13. NFL requires a O Coord news conference.
    Bill: “Well, we don’t have a O coordinator.”
    NFL: “We’ll be changing the rules next year to say ‘He/she who called a majority of the plays during the previous game.'”

    LOL – Gotta love Bill. When he got grief for his short injury report, he started listing every bump and bruise so his injury reports had 25 guys on them. Totally messing with the NFL “system”.

  14. I do think losing Daniels will have more impact than people think, especially w/ Jones.

    McDaniels.

    I’m sure I’m in the minority but I think the Raiders make a run at the Chiefs in that division this year. Should be interesting to watch.

  15. Helps with payroll and prevents the media and fan base from having their scapegoat. Play calling isn’t what fans think it is. More times than not the play didn’t work because a player missed an assignment, not because the magical play wasn’t called.

  16. Matty P is listed as the OL coach. By all accounts he has been coaching the OL. On gameday an OL coach’s duties are expansive. It is extremely unlikely Matty P will be calling plays.

    Now Joe Judge is the QB coach …

  17. As a loyal Pats fan since the 70s through the good times and bad, and a current 13 year season ticket holder, I find BB’s act getting old. I don’t see the Pats competing for a title any time soon. It’s too bad Josh McDaniels wasn’t promoted to head coach to develop Mac Jones, who I feel is the real deal. But that would have meant moving on from BB, which Kraft is apparently afraid to do. If the Pats go 9-8 or 8-9 or worse this season, I think it is time to move on and say thanks for a great 20 year run.

  18. To the DISloyal Pats fan (and others of your ilk):

    Bill Belichick is the Patriots. He built them and he now shepherds what he’s built. When he leaves there will be a drop-off that will likely last a long while.

    Long live Bill. And long live Robert, who knows how badly he needs Bill.

  19. If the Pats go 9-8 or 8-9 or worse this season, I think it is time to move on and say thanks for a great 20 year run.
    —-
    Belichick could see his team go 0-17 and he still isn’t going anywhere unless he decides that’s it.

    And if he does make that decision then Matt Patricia will mostly likely be the Patriots new HC. That should work out really well.

  20. “I think I’ve said many times that I think Matt and Joe are two outstanding coaches in every sense of the word,” Belichick said. “Whatever those duties entail, they’re very good — exceptional at the entire gamut. I’m glad we have both of them. They do a good job.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    They may do a good job, just not as head coaches.

  21. As a loyal Pats fan since the 70s through the good times and bad, and a current 13 year season ticket holder, I find BB’s act getting old. I don’t see the Pats competing for a title any time soon. It’s too bad Josh McDaniels wasn’t promoted to head coach to develop Mac Jones, who I feel is the real deal. But that would have meant moving on from BB, which Kraft is apparently afraid to do. If the Pats go 9-8 or 8-9 or worse this season, I think it is time to move on and say thanks for a great 20 year run.

    —————

    I think the Pats would be lucky to go 8-9 this year, but moving on from BB would be crazy. If they get to 8-9, it’ll be thanks to BB. He’s still the best in the business.

  22. It’s too bad Josh McDaniels wasn’t promoted to head coach to develop Mac Jones
    ==========

    … said the other 31 NFL teams.

  23. To yeahbut:

    “Long live Bill. And long live Robert, who knows how badly he needs Bill”

    And who knows how badly they BOTH need TB12, as we have found out since he left

  24. Love the pats and always will. But I fear bill is losing it. The only things up his sleeve these days might be a blood pressure patch. Stuff is getting weird.

  25. Look at me, look at how smart I am. See, I’m still a genius, even without Brady!!!

  26. What a pathetic little man Belichick is!!

    Belichick is trying to convince Joe judge or Matt Patricia to take the responsibility of calling plays on offense, but neither of them wants to, as they know it will be a disaster for their future.

    So, Belichick, you took the credits for offense in last 20 years, then show up when to the offense needs you.

  27. People make such a big deal, and 90% can’t name the OC’s in their own division.

  28. Bill knows the offense, the players, the plays… and wears a headset during the game tuned into the O coordinator. And they have a coordinated game plan. He’s on top of it and if things went bad, he’d take responsibility.
    Unlike that HC last year or the year before that threw his OC under the bus for a bad play call (Jets?). He can overrule the call at any time.

  29. This is such an big nothing, I can’t believe people are still harping on it. 9 out of the 22 years BB has been HC, he hasn’t named a coordinator on 1 side of the ball. Several years they didn’t have one on either side. When Weis left for NDame, they had a young JMcDaniels waiting in the wings. They didn’t given him the title, because he hadn’t earned it yet. IMO, they’re grooming Nick Caley for the job, but don’t think he’s ready yet. And this idea that Patricia, who will be calling the plays, doesn’t know offense because he was a DC is too dumb to even address. Whatever they do, it won’t be as good as McDaniel, but the offense will be fine. Good even. It’s the D that’s the worry.

  30. As much fun as it was watching Buffalol choke away an AFC championship appearance last year, it’ll be even more fun watching them lose the divison to a team with no OC or DC. Years from now people will be lauding Belichick for an innovation making it harder for jealous teams to poach his staff or reporters to stir up trouble, just like how he changed SB introductions in a way that the Bills will never experience.

  31. Bill knows the offense

    +++++++++

    He obviously has no clue of why the offense worked under Brady, otherwise he wouldn’t have signed Cam Newton who obviously didn’t fit the system.

    That is thinking with logic.

  32. William Lee:
    “So, Belichick, you took the credits for offense in last 20 years, then show up when to the offense needs you.”

    Belichick has always been on record that Josh Mc assembled 95% of the offensive plan and only added a few ideas. Where do you get the stuff that you spew?

  33. Well, whose system was it? Didn’t his believers claim he invented the system and developed Brady?

    If it was his system and developed players to fit his system he should have no problem calling plays after working on it for 20 years. How could he invent a system without designing plays, huh?

    If he doesn’t call plays when offense struggles, then it proves that he shamelessly took the credits he didn’t deserve, simple as that.

  34. Belichick can call plays but players have to execute. Mac had a promising start, let’s see if he can take that next step this year.

  35. Thank goodness it isn’t Tommy. 🙂

    I like my QBs to not fold in the fetal position with their thumbs in their mouths and get outplayed big time by a rookie QB in the biggest non championship game of their life.

    I also like my QBs to not cheat. That really shouldn’t be a high bar to cross.

  36. Belichick can call plays but players have to execute.

    +++++++

    Never saw him calling plays on offense, even when Mac Jones and Cam Newton struggled badly. This FACT doesn’t sit well with your believe.

    Every play can be called by lot of coaches. COMMON SENSE tells that if it works ONLY with one QB, then the QB is the reason that design works, not the coach. Why on earth do you think that the plays work only when Belichick is present?

  37. William Lee says:
    July 26, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Belichick can call plays but players have to execute.

    +++++++

    Never saw him calling plays on offense, even when Mac Jones and Cam Newton struggled badly. This FACT doesn’t sit well with your believe.

    Every play can be called by lot of coaches. COMMON SENSE tells that if it works ONLY with one QB, then the QB is the reason that design works, not the coach. Why on earth do you think that the plays work only when Belichick is present?

    —————-

    Cam struggled and looked done in Carolina too and Mac was a raw rookie last year. Let’s what Mac does this year.

  38. Patsfan4lifedynasty,

    Suppose you have to pass a test, and you have two choices:

    #1, take the harder one TWICE with only 30% passing rate. You pass if you pass ONE of the tests.

    #2, take the easier one TWICE with 70% passing rate, but you have to pass BOTH of them.

    Do you know which one gives you the better chance?

    Apply the same principle to football, you will see that it is much much harder to score enough with short passes than with deep passes. That is why Mac Jones will have no chance unless Pats give him a serious deep threat, like Bills did for Allen.

  39. COMMON SENSE tells that if it works ONLY with one QB, then the QB is the reason that design works, not the coach.

    ——-

    Jones had a pretty good season last year as a rookie. So it worked with him.
    Matt Corrall had a good year in the system in 2007
    Garrapolo did well with it when he was here
    Most of the other seasons Brady was healthy and played

    None of those guys are Brady though who was clearly a superior Qb to those guys, so he took the team further, but they still had success which means the system is a good one.

    You have an “all or nothing” mindset which is why you aren’t rational about this stuff. It was the combination of the two that made them successful, not just one player

    That’s why Brady stayed there for 20 years and willingly took less money than he was worth to do it

  40. cancerman2020,

    Brady could AFFORD taking less money because of his super rich wife!!!

    I never said it is 100% Brady, I said that Belichick was replaceable and Brady was irreplaceable.

    Belichick is garbage as a HC because #1, he still doesn’t get what made the offense system work after 20 years. #2, even with so much invested on defense, his defense was a PAPER TIGER that couldn’t win two playoff games and routinely collapsed in big games. 2021 season proved what I said about his defense.

    BTW, it is impossible that a coach invented a system and developed a QB without being involved in designing plays. We didn’t even see him talking to Brady during games except high fives.

  41. Brady was irreplaceable due to that Belichick was so cheap on offense. All QB need great WR who are great at getting behind defenders, Brady was the only exception

    I showed to GMG Brady’s signatural plays : LOOK AWAY FROM HIS INTENDED RECEIVERS AFTER SNAP TO FOOL OR FREEZE DEFENDERS FOR A FRACTION OF A SECOND.

    Brady did it at least three times in SB 42, the skill that turned Pats around in 2001. If it was Belichick, why didn’t he told other QB to do the same?

    I have paid attention to such plays by other QB for over five years, even asked GMG to show me three similar plays by Peyton, Rodgers, Brees, Mahomes. Even sometimes I saw other QB doing it, it was as rare as you see Brady running for 10 yards

  42. Mac can run the system or he can fail, let’s wait and see. As far Brady’s looking off defenders, I have seen other QBs do it. I have even seen QBs look at other defenders while throwing somewhere else, the no look passes from Mahomes and Stafford. That was even more impressive. Stafford did that in the SB.

  43. Like I said, find three similar plays by Peyton, Rodgers, Brees and Mahomes.

    Brady routinely did it, like three times in SB 42.

  44. I love how the fan club thinks Tommy is the only QB in pro football who looks off defenders lolol.

  45. GMG,

    I m still waiting for you to find the plays by Peyton, Rodgers, Brees and Mahomes.

    BTW, do you know what makes it so hard? It is not looking away from your intended receivers, it is when turning your head back.

    This is already very hard when throwing deep with long window, it is unbelievable hard to turn at perfect time when throwing to receivers in front of defenders as the window closes quickly. Get it?

  46. Brady could AFFORD taking less money because of his super rich wife!!!

    ——

    Everyone knows that…but why would he take less money to play with “garbage” when he could have easily played for more money with a better team? His life would have been easier and he wouldn’t have had to overcome all that “garbage” to be successful

    No rational person stays in a job with a bad boss and bad coworkers for 20 years and takes less money than he’s worth to do it….you take less money if you like the place you’re working at.

    At this point it obvious to everyone on here that rationally you can’t figure it out…

  47. He didn’t work with Belichick, he worked with Josh McDaniels. He had worked with him since 2005 season.

    If he had worked with Belichick, you would have seen they talked to each other a lot during games, not just high fives.

  48. I love how the fan club thinks Tommy is the only QB in pro football who looks off defenders lolol.
    ==========

    Never mind defensive backs.. Mahomes doesn’t even look at his intended receiver sometimes!

  49. All of the talks about Belichick’s involvement in offense are hearsay, not a single direct evidence.

    You didn’t see him working with offense during off-season (until Mac Jones); you didn’t see him talking to offense players on the bench during the games; never did you see an article about how he was involved in designing plays

    While his believers insisted that he invented a marvelous and extremely-hard+to-learn offense system. What kind of reasoning is behind such conclusion? From another galaxy?

  50. Lol, which defender did Mahomes FOOL (AFTER SNAP)?
    “AFTER SNAP” is important here, as it indicates that the QB KNEW IN ADVANCE.

    Didn’t Brady run for 10 yards several times? Oh, Brady can run, right?

  51. The real answer is that Bill is allowing Patricia to keep getting paid his Detroit contract by not giving him a coordinator title. If he gets that title Detroit no longer has to honor his contract. It’s really that simple.

  52. While his believers insisted that he invented a marvelous and extremely-hard+to-learn offense system. What kind of reasoning is behind such conclusion? From another galaxy?
    ==========

    Did he invent it? I don’t know. I don’t think any of us can say definitively.

    His role was clear though. Traded for Welker. Continued the trend with Edleman, and even doubled down with Amendola. What would those 2 TE sets have looked like if Aaron Hernandez career hadn’t ended?

    You can try to dismiss it, but its pretty clear what Belichick is as a talent evaluator. Nobody has done it better in this era. Arguably, in the great history of this League.

  53. Lol, I gave you a $40,000 car and you won F1 formula with it.

    Oh, I should be given most of the credits because I was the one who gave you the car, right?

    Again, what kind of reasoning is this, from another galaxy?

  54. There isn’t a better talent evaluator than Belichick, presently.

    Prove me wrong.

  55. If you think that the reason a race car driver could win F1 formula with a $40,000 car is because he was given a superior car, be my guest.

  56. Brady was a student driver and at times a passenger. So I guess he deserves some credit for not crashing the car.

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