Patriots consider Nick Caley, Keenan McCardell for offensive coordinator

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The Patriots may promote tight ends coach Nick Caley to the team’s top offensive assistant job.

Caley is being interviewed today for the Patriots’ offensive coordinator job, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Caley also interviewed for the Jets’ offensive coordinator vacancy, so he could leave New England for a division rival.

Also on the list of candidates in New England is Vikings wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. A Pro Bowl wide receiver who spent 17 seasons in the NFL as a player, McCardell has been coaching for the last decade and is increasingly getting recognized as an assistant coach on the rise.

Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, the former Texans head coach who has previously served on the Patriots’ staff, is also a candidate for the offensive coordinator job in New England.

Last year the Patriots officially didn’t have anyone with the offensive coordinator title, but Matt Patricia was the top offensive coach. The results were not good, and it appears that Bill Belichick now realizes he needs an offensive coordinator, and one who actually has a background in coaching offense, unlike Patricia.

37 responses to “Patriots consider Nick Caley, Keenan McCardell for offensive coordinator

  1. McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995. Another good player who owes his career to BB.

  2. Time to hire someone who has an offensive philosophy. I don’t mind a young coach but they need more on their resume than they coached the greatest receiver in the league this year who made the Vikings viable.

  3. BB was never an offensive savant and shouldn’t really be making any decisions on offense. Patricia and Judge are evidence of that. BB’s speciality is defense.

    He needs to delegate the role to someone who really understands offense. BoB makes more sense than Patricia and Judge. I think I would rather see someone like Reich who understands offense in the modern game. McCardell is intriguing too.

  4. The other issue with BoB is say you hire him as OC but he still has HC aspirations. Do you promise him the job after Bill steps down? If not are you prepared this time for a repeat of 2022 where the OC takes all his assistants to the team that just gave him a HC job?

  5. touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995. Another good player who owes his career to BB.

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    As has been made painfully clear, BB owes his career two to men: Bill Parcels and Tom Brady. In fact without Brady, as a head coach BB has under a .500 winning percentage

  6. McCardell was a tough player who made the most of his career. Hopefully he is the same as a coach.

  7. Keenan owes his career to the jaguars. The browns never used him a lot and he broke out with the jags. That being said. LOL.

  8. touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995.
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    They were a 5 win team in 1995, including 1-6 after Modell pulled the plug on the franchise.

    If you meant 1994 I don’t think they were contending for a SB. Their offense wasn’t nearly good enough.

  9. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:58 am
    Keenan owes his career to the jaguars. The browns never used him a lot and he broke out with the jags. That being said. LOL.

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    He was a 12th rd pick by Washington who was about He was really productive in Cleveland as he went and should have been held onto by Baltimore in 1996, but Jax swooped in the expansion draft.

    BB was the only one interested in bringing him in, similarly to how no one wanted Brady. Get it?

    Testaverde probably would have loved him in Baltimore, too. Because, Testaverde stunk prior to BB working with him in Cleveland.

    This all happened before you were born, of course, because you don’t seem to know history and don’t care to do any basic research.

  10. BB can coach offense. Go ask Chris Long who recently said BB could walk into any position group and be the smartest coach in the room. That was a SB winning team Chris played in too.

  11. nhpats2011 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:48 am
    touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995. Another good player who owes his career to BB.

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    As has been made painfully clear, BB owes his career two to men: Bill Parcels and Tom Brady. In fact without Brady, as a head coach BB has under a .500 winning percentage


    Also worth pointing out that without BB on his staff, Parcells is a head coach with an inferior record to Dave Wannestedt. Tuna does deserve credit for two things: introducting BB to Kraft and for the draft picks that set up the first dynasty on defense.

    I think Ernie Adams also helped make Bill what he is today. For a long time nobody else had a role like Adams on any team and I think BB also misses him.

  12. BB owes his career to Parcells? what did Parcells ever win without BB on his staff? It’s very clear that BB was the brains behind that operation in NY, as Parcells was never able to win on his own.

  13. what did Parcells ever win without BB on his staff?

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    Less games than he won. Literally a sub .500 coach without BB on his staff. I’ll also always believe that the Patriots upset the Packers in SB31 if BB was the head coach or any other coach that hadn’t already bolted for another team…

    Although Tuna did make the playoffs once with Quincy Carter as his QB throwing more INts than TDs and that’s worth something…

  14. nhpats2011 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:48 am
    touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995. Another good player who owes his career to BB.

    ———-

    As has been made painfully clear, BB owes his career two to men: Bill Parcels and Tom Brady. In fact without Brady, as a head coach BB has under a .500 winning percentage

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    Parcells never won a division title or a playoff game without BB, his record without Belichick is 64-64…..Belichick made Parcells

  15. jokersc says:
    January 18, 2023 at 1:06 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:48 am
    touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995. Another good player who owes his career to BB.

    ———-

    As has been made painfully clear, BB owes his career two to men: Bill Parcels and Tom Brady. In fact without Brady, as a head coach BB has under a .500 winning percentage

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    Parcells never won a division title or a playoff game without BB, his record without Belichick is 64-64


    I read it’s quite a bit less than .500. Including 0-3 in the playoffs with 1 of those losses coming to BB himself.

  16. jokersc says:
    January 18, 2023 at 1:06 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:48 am
    touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995. Another good player who owes his career to BB.

    ———-

    As has been made painfully clear, BB owes his career two to men: Bill Parcels and Tom Brady. In fact without Brady, as a head coach BB has under a .500 winning percentage

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    Parcells never won a division title or a playoff game without BB, his record without Belichick is 64-64…..Belichick made Parcells

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    Everyone knows this except “NHPats”.

    Once Parcells promoted BB to Def Coordinator in 1985, the Giants D became very good overnight.

    This pattern would repeat itself over and over when BB went to Cleveland, then to NE, to the Jets and back to NE.

    There’s a reason why Parcells only succeeded with BB by his side. It was BB making it a reality.

    And, that’s fully acknowleding Parcells was a great coach himself. And, a wise man to promote BB finally instead of wasting LTs prime.

  17. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 18, 2023 at 12:23 pm
    touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    McCardell goes way back to the SB contending Browns from 1995.
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    They were a 5 win team in 1995, including 1-6 after Modell pulled the plug on the franchise.

    If you meant 1994 I don’t think they were contending for a SB. Their offense wasn’t nearly good enough.

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    Of course it was. Testaverde was a Pro Bowl QB in 1996. Go ask Testaverde who saved his career and made that possible.

    Numerous publications picked Cleveland as the AFC SB contender in 1995. I still own these publications, so even though you weren’t probably born yet, it doesn’t make this an untrue statement.

    My goodness, it’s amazing what you and “NHPats” don’t know about the team you supposedly root for.

    Rented 4 Games in Fall on Amazon yet? I’ll send you the $4 for you to watch it so you can get embarrassed for 90 minutes.

  18. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:21 am
    BB was never an offensive savant and shouldn’t really be making any decisions on offense. Patricia and Judge are evidence of that. BB’s speciality is defense.

    He needs to delegate the role to someone who really understands offense. BoB makes more sense than Patricia and Judge. I think I would rather see someone like Reich who understands offense in the modern game. McCardell is intriguing too.

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    Bill Belichick has LED THE QB ROOM since 2000 in New England. BB drafted and developed Brady.

    BB promoted Brady.

  19. Feels like if they were going to bring in BOB it would have happened already.

    Rooney rule.

  20. carloswlassiter says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:13 am
    Feels like if they were going to bring in BOB it would have happened already.
    ====

    Pats never seemed interested in him. It was all media.

  21. carloswlassiter says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:13 am
    Feels like if they were going to bring in BOB it would have happened already.

    Rooney rule.

  22. Rented 4 Games in Fall on Amazon yet? I’ll send you the $4 for you to watch it so you can get embarrassed for 90 minutes.

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    Yup saw it. That’s what we call confirmation bias. Tommy fans point to it as “proof” of his innocence when in reality it wasn’t really. Didn’t move the needle even a tiny bit for me. Sure I can buy that nothing happened that night. But that doesn’t mean it never happened. It doesn’t explain the text messages, why Tommy smashed his cell phone, or why the NFL would go out of their way to portray arguably the face of the league and its arguably most premier player on its more premier franchise as a cheater. The league has nothing to gain from that so they wouldn’t do it unless they had a good reason. I also read the Wells report. It sounds like not a lot of people did. I read it and it debunks a lot of the pro Brady talking points out there. He’s guilty. 100%. It’s not even a question.

    As for Cleveland in 95 please don’t tell me you think a Super Bowl contender is what a bunch of writers put in a magazine before the season and not what the actual team did on the field in that season. Lol.

  23. touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 1:34 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:21 am
    BB was never an offensive savant and shouldn’t really be making any decisions on offense. Patricia and Judge are evidence of that. BB’s speciality is defense.

    He needs to delegate the role to someone who really understands offense. BoB makes more sense than Patricia and Judge. I think I would rather see someone like Reich who understands offense in the modern game. McCardell is intriguing too.

    ———————-

    Bill Belichick has LED THE QB ROOM since 2000 in New England. BB drafted and developed Brady.

    BB promoted Brady.
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    BB also picked two unqualified buddies of his to run his team’s offense in 2022 and poured gas on the fire of a completely unnecessary QB controversy that would have torn the team apart. Clearly he doesn’t understand what makes an offense work and how to build one for today’s game. His speciality is defense. He did some great work that this season but there’s still work to be done. He needs to focus on that and delegate the offense side to someone who knows offense.

  24. Belicheck and Parcells and LT all arrived in NY at the same time. They changed the game forever. LT is the greatest to ever play. LT has total respect for BB and BP.

    The Browns fell apart once Modell announced the move. That was the front office not BB or his coaches. Today’s young grasshoppers just look up the numbers but there is a while story behind the Browns collapse.

  25. As long as you have Noodle Arm as your QB you’re not going anywhere. Know that. So please give him an extension

  26. touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 12:28 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:58 am
    Keenan owes his career to the jaguars. The browns never used him a lot and he broke out with the jags. That being said. LOL.

    ————-

    He was a 12th rd pick by Washington who was about He was really productive in Cleveland as he went and should have been held onto by Baltimore in 1996, but Jax swooped in the expansion draft.

    BB was the only one interested in bringing him in, similarly to how no one wanted Brady. Get it?

    Testaverde probably would have loved him in Baltimore, too. Because, Testaverde stunk prior to BB working with him in Cleveland.

    This all happened before you were born, of course, because you don’t seem to know history and don’t care to do any basic research.

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    Please look at his production in Cleveland. It was average at best. Not even close. That’s why BB let him go in the expansion draft. He wasn’t producing there. And Cleveland a Super Bowl contender? Lol. They were good but they were no contender. The Steelers slapped them 3 times that year including 29 9 in the playoff game. But you already knew that right? Btw I was born in 1972.

  27. I just love that RUSTY (Touchback6) is still defending the Browns sucking under BB in the 90’s, this many years later. He still hasn’t come up with a reason why Parcells assistants have done so well around the NFL, while ALL of BB’s have been outright awful. Parcells rebuilt multiple franchises QUICKLY.

  28. mainewoodchopper says:
    January 18, 2023 at 2:18 pm
    Belicheck and Parcells and LT all arrived in NY at the same time. They changed the game forever. LT is the greatest to ever play. LT has total respect for BB and BP.

    The Browns fell apart once Modell announced the move. That was the front office not BB or his coaches. Today’s young grasshoppers just look up the numbers but there is a while story behind the Browns collapse.

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    BB was also not the same coach or guy back then as he is today. If he was half as stubborn and a know-it-all today as he was in Cleveland then not only would he keep Judge and Patricia in their roles in 2023 but he would tell Kraft to take a hike if he suggested otherwise. He had a lot to learn about being a head coach and one of the faces of a team including why good relationships with his players and especially the owner matter.

  29. bjesuss says:
    January 18, 2023 at 3:44 pm
    I just love that RUSTY (Touchback6) is still defending the Browns sucking under BB in the 90’s, this many years later. He still hasn’t come up with a reason why Parcells assistants have done so well around the NFL, while ALL of BB’s have been outright awful. Parcells rebuilt multiple franchises QUICKLY.

    00Rate This

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    Haha! Bustchise! Zach Wilson.

    Face it, Parcells is nothing without BB as his personal DC. Everyone knows this. Anyone can see that Parcells left a team and he brought BB with him. The second Parcells went to Dallas, he was done, which he was.

    Take care, Busty!

  30. bjesuss says:
    January 18, 2023 at 3:44 pm
    I just love that RUSTY (Touchback6) is still defending the Browns sucking under BB in the 90’s, this many years later. He still hasn’t come up with a reason why Parcells assistants have done so well around the NFL, while ALL of BB’s have been outright awful. Parcells rebuilt multiple franchises QUICKLY.
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    It’s interesting how Tuna seemed to enjoy helping teams rebuild more than coaching established teams that are already great.

  31. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 3:35 pm
    touchback6 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 12:28 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:58 am
    Keenan owes his career to the jaguars. The browns never used him a lot and he broke out with the jags. That being said. LOL.

    ————-

    He was a 12th rd pick by Washington who was about He was really productive in Cleveland as he went and should have been held onto by Baltimore in 1996, but Jax swooped in the expansion draft.

    BB was the only one interested in bringing him in, similarly to how no one wanted Brady. Get it?

    Testaverde probably would have loved him in Baltimore, too. Because, Testaverde stunk prior to BB working with him in Cleveland.

    This all happened before you were born, of course, because you don’t seem to know history and don’t care to do any basic research.

    ———-

    Please look at his production in Cleveland. It was average at best. Not even close. That’s why BB let him go in the expansion draft. He wasn’t producing there. And Cleveland a Super Bowl contender? Lol. They were good but they were no contender. The Steelers slapped them 3 times that year including 29 9 in the playoff game. But you already knew that right? Btw I was born in 1972.

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    Yeah, you’re both wrong. McCardell played out his contract in Cleveland through 95 he wasn’t part of the expansion draft. He signed as a free agent in Jacksonville in 1996.

    He was the top WR for the browns in 1995, ahead of Andre rison and Michael Jackson. It was his first good year. Byner lead the team in catches.

    Ozzie Newsome was the GM who decided not to resign him in Baltimore and let him become a FA

  32. Feels like if they were going to bring in BOB it would have happened already.

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

    BOB doesn’t want to work under Belichick’s thumb.

    Read “Alabama Football: Bill O’Brien may pass on New England”

  33. He (McCardell) was the top WR for the browns in 1995

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

    709 yards. That is kind of TOP receivers BeliCHEAP gave to his QB, which ruined the career of Kosar, Bledsoe, now he has been onto ruining Mac Jones.

    With such a receiver, plus #20 defense, you are claiming he was turning Browns around?

  34. This has the appearance of a data grab in case he leaves. “Outline your OFFENSIVE GENIOUS to us so that we may understand how you want to scheme.

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