New England Patriots not naming offensive, defensive coordinators

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick made it official Thursday: He’s not appointing an offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels.

The Patriots announced their full coaching staff with titles for the first time since McDaniels departed to become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders — and there’s no coordinator.

“I’m not a big fan of titles,” Belichick said in March. “We have work to do. We do the work.”

Speaking of call games at the time, he said, “We’re not going to be making calls for a while. Have no games for a while.”

In the spring, former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (senior football adviser/offensive line) and former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (offensive assistant/QBs) were in leading roles, while Belichick was also heavily involved on offense was.

The question of which coach will coordinate the offense and call the games into sophomore quarterback Mac Jones lingers as the team prepares for its first practice session at training camp Wednesday.

Patricia, Judge and Belichick are considered the likeliest options as Jones tries to build a solid rookie season in which he was often attached with McDaniels on the hip.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are again not appointing an official defensive coordinator. Linebacker coaches Steve Belichick and Jerod Mayo have both taken leading roles on defense in recent seasons.

The Patriots have an official coordinator as Cam Achord has returned to lead the special teams unit.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34277506/new-england-patriots-not-naming-offensive-defensive-coordinators New England Patriots not naming offensive, defensive coordinators

Emma Bowman

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