Report: Patriots are expected to make changes to offensive staff

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The Patriots’ offensive coaching staff was a lightning rod for criticism throughout the 2022 season. But it looks like things will be different in 2023.

According to Tom Curran of NBCSportsBoston.com, the Patriots are expected to make changes to their offensive staff.

Curran reports head coach Bill Belichick met with team owner Robert Kraft and acknowledged the 2022 season was not ideal and was amenable to making changes. With that, some offensive coaches will be reassigned and several offensive coaches are being considered for New England’s staff in 2023.

However, Curran reports, it’s unlikely the Patriots will announce any firings or announce who is being interviewed.

Last offseason, Belichick railed against titles and created plenty of mystery surrounding who would be the team’s offensive play-caller after former coordinator Josh McDaniels departed the organization to become Las Vegas’ head coach.

Senior football advisor/offensive line coach Matt Patricia ended up calling plays with Joe Judge becoming the quarterbacks coach. The Patriots ended up finishing No. 17 in scoring and No. 26 in total yards.

The results of having a former defensive coordinator and a former special teams coordinator try to further Mac Jones’ development left the second-year quarterback clearly frustrated on the field at times.

Former Patriots offensive coordinator and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has been connected to heading back to New England. But to this point, there has not been a reported interview with O’Brien, who is currently Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

51 responses to “Report: Patriots are expected to make changes to offensive staff

  1. Curran has no credibility. He’s simply “reporting” what everyone already knows.

  2. Won’t matter. They can’t draft and can’t scheme. Brady masked their inefficiencies and faults for 20 years. Belicheat is done after next season.

  3. if not hired as an HC elsewhere (University of Houston, moving to Big 12, a city/area LOADED with high school talent)….Kliff Kingsbury

  4. The Patriots have many other needs along with an OC. Those needs would include an upper echelon wide receiver, and most definitely an upgrade along the offensive line.

  5. As expected. BB might be stubborn but he’s not stupid.

    Now how about letting BB just coach and let someone else pick the groceries…

  6. Kraft already asked Bellichick and he doesn’t have any more children/relatives he wants to put on the staff.

  7. Honestly, their offensive gameplan against the Bills was pretty great. They were mixing it up, calling some trick plays, making good decisions on the 4th down plays, etc. And in general, they were kind of coming together the past few weeks of the season.

    But when you have a franchise like that, the fans don’t have much patience for losing seasons. I’m sure they feel pressure to make changes.

  8. The “greatest coach ever” doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. Brady made them all look good and thats why there is no Belichik coaching tree to speak of. He’s a .500 coach for a regular run of the mill franchise now.

  9. cobrala2 says:
    January 11, 2023 at 4:27 pm
    It was all Brady.

    The same Brady that doesn’t have elite coaching anymore so he barely cracked a 90 rating with a losing season? It was all him? That guy? That Brady? 🙂

  10. Bring back the man who developed Tom Brady … Charlie Weis

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

    That is like claiming Mozart was great because of his teacher.

  11. marcuswelby70 says:
    January 11, 2023 at 4:21 pm
    The Patriots have many other needs along with an OC. Those needs would include an upper echelon wide receiver, and most definitely an upgrade along the offensive line.
    ——————
    They need talent upgrades in a lot of places. Secondary is also high up on the list.

  12. The Patriots franchise is nothing more than the Jets if they hit the lottery (Tom Brady).

    And just like some lottery winners, they’re now going broke.

    Super Bowl count:

    Tom Brady — 7
    Pittsburgh Steelers — 6

    Patriots — 0

  13. The Patriots had a good long run. Like everything & anything, all good things must come to an end.

  14. Belichick shouldn’t have hired Patricia to be the OC in the first place. The fact that he thought that was a smart play calls into question every decision Belichick makes from now on. For years and years, he has avoided adding men with strong egos to the coaching staff, perhaps so he could more easily maintain total control and get all the credit (and salary). He cannot turn this team into a Superbowl contender with a collection of average offensive players coached by nincompoops. BB had Brady for almost 20 years. BB needs another alpha dog, whether it’s an offensive coach or a QB, even if it steals some of his spotlight, to help him make the Patriots elite again. A great OC could make this average offensive look good. Combined with the already decent defense, they’d be a legit wild card contender in 2023.

  15. It’s that fun time of year when rumors fly, media talking heads invent theories & a bunch of bs gets turned into talking points…. Basically nothing new but conjecture until something concrete happens & then it starts all over again based on the singular event…. Fun to watch actually & I look forward to it EVERY YEAR…..

  16. William Lee says:
    January 11, 2023 at 4:34 pm
    Bring back the man who developed Tom Brady … Charlie Weis

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

    That is like claiming Mozart was great because of his teacher.
    **************************************************
    Maybe he was, & history got it all wrong…were you there to disprove this possibility??!!

  17. Maybe he was, & history got it all wrong…were you there to disprove this possibility??!!

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

    Watch Brady’s throw from own 3 yard line in SB 2002.
    Watch Brady’s throw to Julian Edelman in TD drive in SB 2019
    Watch Brady’s 700th TD against Bills in OT.

    He used the same skill in all three plays, which allowed his receivers getting east first down or TD. If Belichick and Charlie Weiss had known it, there would be no reason that they hadn’t taught other QBs like Bledsoe or any other Patriots QB.

  18. So Belichick is coming back looking like a past due library book and Mac Jones is coming back after speed dialing other coaches in the league for advice, but no worries, a new offensive coach should fix everything

  19. William Lee says:
    January 11, 2023 at 4:34 pm
    Bring back the man who developed Tom Brady … Charlie Weis

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

    That is like claiming Mozart was great because of his teacher.

    ——
    No it’s not like that at all. Mozart was a child musical prodigy. Brady was a 6th round pick with an unflattering scouting report.

  20. kissbillsrings,

    BTW, read article below about Brady’s system : it is all about “A LITTLE QUICKER”, which is 100% on QB’s ability of digesting the information he gathers during very short period of times before snap, which can’t be taught.

    It is like a math teacher has 50 students, whether a student can get A in final exam or not is all on student’s talents.

    —————-

    Pats QB coach opens up about Newton’s recent struggles
    “There’s clearly some times that we haven’t pulled the trigger fast enough and therefore we’re hitching a couple extra times or holding onto the ball a little bit longer than we would like to, and that kind of can cause many things,” Fisch said. “It (a little big longer) can cause a negative play, a sack, an interception, an incompletion, a late throw.”

  21. It’s not Brady vs BB. Never was. They are both the greatest of all time at what they do and we were VERY lucky to have them together for 20 years. Neither made the other. They both made each other better. BB is still a GREAT coach. Probably still the best. The fix is very easy. Move Patricia to defense. Judge to special teams. Higher O’Brien or Klingsbury. Draft offensive lineman. Back to competing for #1 in the East. If the Bills weren’t the best team in the league the Pats would run away with it.

  22. No it’s not like that at all. Mozart was a child musical prodigy. Brady was a 6th round pick with an unflattering scouting report.

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

    OK, he was Einstein who found theory of relativity while working at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern.

  23. I guess Brady is the Mozart of QB’s… got it

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

    Did you get why Troy Brown was able to get first down from 3 yard line in SB 2002? Brady used the skills at least 3 times in the SB.

    You can try to find similar plays by other QB. You may be able to find several, but as rare as Brady ran for 10 yards. So it is impossible that Charlies Weiss or Belichick taught him.

    No one in Patriots knew what made the system work WHEN Brady left, otherwise they wouldn’t have signed Cam Newton, as Cam obviously not kind of QB you would expect “pull trigger a little faster”.

    BTW, do you know why Cam Newton couldn’t throw even a 5 yard accurately? He obviously had the arm strength to throw a 5 yard. That is another skill you can’t see in QBR, the reason Brock Purdy of 49ers looks so good, though he is Mr. Irrelevant.

  24. billsrthefuture says:
    January 11, 2023 at 4:27 pm
    Honestly, their offensive gameplan against the Bills was pretty great. They were mixing it up, calling some trick plays, making good decisions on the 4th down plays, etc. And in general, they were kind of coming together the past few weeks of the season.
    ***********************************************************************************

    The kick returns changed everything. They are not yet the kind of team that can absorb those kind of setbacks. They could have survived the first one and made this a nail biter. In fact that did overcome the first one and had a lead…for a few seconds. The second one hurt. There’s always going to be a few broken plays down field with Allen. You have to expect it. Unfortunately for Patriots fans, they lost their margin on those kick returns and never had a chance to play with the lead and the advantages that can give a team. They certainly played a lot better than initially thought given the circumstances of the game. They were trending up, and given Miami’s QB situation and Pittsburgh’s loss to NE, I thought NE would have been the best 7 seed. Even with a maddeningly inconsistent offense, they were the most consistent of the three over the long haul. In the end they can point to a few winnable games that they managed to lose. The one that stands out is the Raiders game with the gift TD to tie and the inexplicable Stanford Band Play when they were tied, and not behind on the scoreboard. Good luck. With the snow game moved to Detroit, the Christmas Snow Storms, the shooting, and Darnel Hamlin’s setback, it’s been a crazy season in Buffalo. I’m sure you could all use some good cheer.

  25. On a side note, if Cincinnati and Buffalo make the AFC Championship they should play the game in Detroit. It’s a neutral NFC venue. Cincy plays in Cleveland and Pittsburgh annually so they have too much familiarity with what it supposed to be a neutral venue. I have seen many stadiums floated as possibilities…..Dallas, Tampa, LA, NO, Atlanta….as usual they are thinking about where wealthy people want the game to be. What about the hard core fans? The season ticket holders? It has to be a place both teams fans can drive to. Detroit is a four hour drive from Buffalo AND Cincinnati. It doesn’t get any more equal/neutral than that. It has to be Detroit. One of these teams would be going to the Super Bowl in this situation and that is in Glendale Az. Asking the fans to come up with the money to make two huge road trips in this economy is wrong on all levels. It has to be a game they can drive to. Rent some vans and packem’ in. Road trip! Make it so.

  26. yourmother says:
    January 11, 2023 at 7:36 pm
    It’s not Brady vs BB. Never was. They are both the greatest of all time at what they do and we were VERY lucky to have them together for 20 years. Neither made the other. They both made each other better. BB is still a GREAT coach. Probably still the best. The fix is very easy. Move Patricia to defense. Judge to special teams. Higher O’Brien or Klingsbury. Draft offensive lineman. Back to competing for #1 in the East. If the Bills weren’t the best team in the league the Pats would run away with it.
    ————————————————————-
    I agree strongly with most of what you said. Chances are we lose the talented Jerod Mayo, so move Patricia back to coaching D and Judge back to ST. I’m not a huge O’Brien as OC fan, but he would be an improvement. Thank you.
    I see Folk being back but I’m guessing Bailey and Palady won’t be. Drafter a kicker in 5th or 6th round?
    With quality coaching and some tweeting of the roster I can see a contending team in 2023.
    But what if that Tom Brady rumor, back to Foxborough, is true?
    Then what?

  27. Oops. I was thinking Cincy because of the last game between Buffalo and Cincy but this is about KC not Cincy. It has to be Indy or Chicago. Both are 8 hours away. Still driving distance for fans that aren’t well heeled.

  28. Mac Jones has reached his ceiling. Saban and Belichick have maximized his potential.

  29. TW, do you know why Cam Newton couldn’t throw even a 5 yard accurately? He obviously had the arm strength to throw a 5 yard

    ——-

    I threw a 5 yard once but decided I was better at throwing a 6 or 7 yard better…..

  30. yourmother says:
    January 11, 2023 at 7:36 pm
    It’s not Brady vs BB. Never was. They are both the greatest of all time at what they do and we were VERY lucky to have them together for 20 years. Neither made the other. They both made each other better. BB is still a GREAT coach. Probably still the best. The fix is very easy. Move Patricia to defense. Judge to special teams. Higher O’Brien or Klingsbury. Draft offensive lineman. Back to competing for #1 in the East. If the Bills weren’t the best team in the league the Pats would run away with it.

    —–
    Is Brady the best? He did finish with a losing record in a very weak division when his elite coaching was taken away. Sounds like just a product of his team and nothing more than that.

  31. It was obvious to all of us that Bill should have retired the day Brady left. His ego must have gotten the best of him, thought he was smarter than that. As a head coach, his lack of success without Brady holistically speaks for itself, sub .500. Now he has simply solidified the FACT that he still can’t win without Brady and just made himself look even worse. Coaches like Shula, Tuna, Vermeil etc. who have winning records with several different teams/QBs during their careers are truly great. Bill is a LOSING head coach that road Brady (GOAT) for his only success.

  32. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 12, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Is Brady the best?

    =============================

    He took a shell of what was last season’s Tampa team to a division title and 3rd straight post season with a SB win in there. Basically took the last game off because he didn’t need it. Once again he did what it took, clutch as usual while Bill can sit home on his couch an watch Brady shred Dallas with an inferior team no less. By the way, what happened to all your pro-Brady rants prior to his leaving? Now all the sudden he’s a nobody? Make up your mind.

  33. I threw a 5 yard once but decided I was better at throwing a 6 or 7 yard better…..

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

    Would defense allow QB to throw 7 yards on 3rd and 7? The main goal of a defense in such situation is NOT about stopping receivers from catching the balls, its goal is to stop receivers getting first down.

    Well, it is all on the TIME QB can throw the ball to get first down on 3rd and 7 by throwing a 5 yards pass, like Rachaad White’s winning TD in 17-16 against Saints.

    Your post shows exactly that fans of Belichick have no clue at all what made the system work, and believe Beichick the garbage must did something special.

  34. Chill_Mickelson says:
    January 12, 2023 at 3:42 pm
    It was obvious to all of us that Bill should have retired the day Brady left. His ego must have gotten the best of him, thought he was smarter than that. As a head coach, his lack of success without Brady holistically speaks for itself, sub .500. Now he has simply solidified the FACT that he still can’t win without Brady and just made himself look even worse. Coaches like Shula, Tuna, Vermeil etc. who have winning records with several different teams/QBs during their careers are truly great. Bill is a LOSING head coach that road Brady (GOAT) for his only success.


    Tom Brady has a losing record without elite coaching (Belichick, Arians). There’s really nothing else to be said, it’s right there in black and white. That’s not speculation anymore, that’s written in stone. Product of his team and nothing more.

    Just like Alex Smith. Same talent level.

  35. wickedawesome says:
    January 11, 2023 at 5:10 pm
    Belichick shouldn’t have hired Patricia to be the OC in the first place. The fact that he thought that was a smart play calls into question every decision Belichick makes from now on. For years and years, he has avoided adding men with strong egos to the coaching staff, perhaps so he could more easily maintain total control and get all the credit (and salary). He cannot turn this team into a Superbowl contender with a collection of average offensive players coached by nincompoops. BB had Brady for almost 20 years. BB needs another alpha dog, whether it’s an offensive coach or a QB, even if it steals some of his spotlight, to help him make the Patriots elite again. A great OC could make this average offensive look good. Combined with the already decent defense, they’d be a legit wild card contender in 2023.
    ———————————————————————–
    In reading your comment, I’m starting to understand your criticism about Sean McVay. You are obviously suffering from coaching envy. Your coaches seem to be at a disadvantage when they don’t have ill got film of the other team and they actually have to coach.

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