The Patriots offense has struggled in the 2022 season. Although this unit ranks in the middle of the group in points per game, it has the seventh least number of yards per game. More importantly, second year midfielder Mac Jones has regressed after a promising rookie season, and Jones’ struggles, combined with problems of general offense, have resulted in head coach Bill Belichick having to closely monitor than in-season staffing decisions.
Of course, after the longtime OC Josh McDaniels takes Raiders head coach job, Belichick installed Matt Patricia and Joe Judge as the Pats’ top offensive coach. Patricia has been an attacking playmaker despite not working as an attacking coach since 2005, and Judge has been active as the club’s attacking assistant/midfield coach, albeit didn’t have any coaching experience there.
The general inefficiencies of former Belichick employees, both of whom have resigned as head coaches elsewhere, mean a year-end meeting between Belichick and the owner Robert Kraft will be of particular importance, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe (Registration required). If Kraft – like many league reviewers who spoke to Howe – believes a reshuffle is underway, one wonders how Belichick will react. Maybe he’ll agree and will bring in an experienced OC in an attempt to get the most out of Jones’ talent, while also adding more organization and variety to the offense (the team is ready to go). Rumors are interested in a reunion with Bill O’Brien).
But if Belichick disagrees and chooses to give Patricia and/or Judge another chance in their current roles, then Kraft may have to make a tough decision about Belichick himself in the near future. While it seems hard to believe that Belichick won’t stand a chance to leave on his terms, keeping his 2022 offensive line-up in 2023 could bring him more attention, especially if some of this year’s irresistible bugs – miss duty, substitution mistake, late play call, etc – should continue.
Now for more Patriotic notes:
- Albert Breer of SI.com agrees that identifying the team’s 2023 offensive caller will be a top priority on Kraft’s in-season agenda and he closes the chance for Patricia to continue in his current role at below 50% (although he believes Patricia will continue to train staff Pats in some capacity). Breer confirmed that O’Brien will be involved, although the current Alabama OC may have other NFL opportunities beyond Foxborough.
- Add the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian to the list of experts who believe Belichick must make a change to the offensive coordinator position, lest he put his own job security in jeopardy. danger. “Kraft has to make it clear that Belichick needs to come up with real solutions, rather than buy his friends cheap when their old teams are still paying them,” he said. Guregian wrote (via NBC Sports’ Peter King). “If Belichick isn’t ready to budge, then Kraft has to decide if it’s worth keeping the status quo or leaving his position as head coach and the sure-clean home of the Hall of Fame.”
- Although neither Patricia nor Judge will be interviewing for head coach positions anytime soon, the defenders coach Jerod Mayo is another story. Mayo, 36, interviewed for Broncos’ and Raiders HC positions last year, and Mike Reiss of ESPN.com hopefully the two-time Pro Bowler will be busy again in the upcoming training cycle. For her part, Mayo prepared for the challenge, saying, “I think I’m ready to be a head coach in the league.”
- new england prohibit P Jake Bailey and CB Jack Jones on Friday. According to Reiss, the team believes that Bailey – who has been with IR since November 19 – Ready to go back to the action game, but Bailey seems to believe otherwise. Meanwhile, Jones’ suspension was partly due to him missing his rehabilitation appointments, which also resulted in him being penalized by the team. Jones played just eight games in the Pats’ Week 14 win over the Cardinals due to a knee injury, and he missed the next two before being included in the IR on December 31. Agents for both. players have noted their objections to the suspension, with Bailey’s representatives indicating that he has filed a complaint. Reiss said that it’s hard to see Bailey playing for the team againand since his suspension technically voids the guarantees in his contract, he and the Pats could find themselves embroiled in a financial battle in the coming weeks.
- patriots Signed back angle Tae Hayes on their active list at the end of December and Reiss tweet that Hayes’ contract was actually a two-year contract. Hayes, who appeared in 24 saves on his New England debut on January 1, is now one of six CBs under contract through 2023.