PALM BEACH, Fla. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said Monday that Matt Patricia, former Detroit Lion New England’s head coach and defensive coordinator, will be part of the team’s offensive coaching staff in 2022.
It’s a remarkable transformation for Patricia, whose main focus since joining the NFL in 2004 has been on defense.
Patricia will be working with the former Giants in New York head coach Joe Judge, longtime coach of the Patriots special team, as Belichick reshapes his offensive staff following the departure of coordinator Josh McDaniels to become Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach.
Belichick has not appointed an official offensive coordinator – he said on Monday that he does not believe in titles – but in his first public comment since mid-January, he pointed out Patricia and Judge are the people he will rely on to help replace McDaniels. He deflected the question of which coach to call play – a key role in the presence of the promising second-year midfielder Mac Jones.
Belichick also said he will continue to meet with Jones himself, as he has with all quarterbacks during his 22 seasons as coach.
Specifically about 47-year-old Patricia and his time with the Patriots, Belichick said: “It’s been fantastic. He’s got a lot of experience – he’s done everything while he’s here, and of course he’s done it. have his own experience in Detroit [2018-2020]. Then last year [with the Patriots as a senior adviser], things like COVID rules and that sort of thing. He has been of great help to me and the organization. “
Patricia first joined the Patriots in 2004 as a general assistant coach before moving on to assistant offensive team coach the following season. He was appointed defenders coach in 2006 and stayed in defence.
Belichick doesn’t consider this year’s transfer to Patricia anything out of the norm.
“We’ve had a lot of coaches take on a lot of responsibility. I’m not really worried about that,” he said, pointing out that McDaniels and current New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll started their careers as defensive coaches before turning to attack.
“I think a good coach is a good coach. Matt is a great coach. Joe is a great coach. They will help us no matter what position they coach.”
Mirroring Belichick calling Patricia’s position with the Patriots a “broad role,” Patricia was with Belichick at the NFL’s annual meeting, a rarity for an assistant coach.
Belichick said his offensive coaching staff may be complete, with Patricia, Judge, head coach Nick Caley and coach Troy Brown among those he mentioned. Judge has one year of NFL foul team experience – in 2019 as an intake coach (in addition to special teams duties).
When asked who would call the plays, an area where he often cites McDaniels excellence, Belichick said: “We’re not going to call anyone for a while. … He’s going to be hard to change. But I feel like we have really good coaches on our staff. … Everyone will have a defined role, just like they always do. The losers are the losers and once we’re out on the pitch training the players, planning the games and that sort of thing, it’s all going to work itself out.”
Belichick said staffers are working through its systematic review process, a key part of any season, and yet offense comes together to maximize Jones’ skill. will be a reflection on him.
“Ultimately it’s my responsibility,” he said.