The retention tour continues for the Patriots coaching staff. In addition to bringing back offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and special teams coach Joe Judge, the team is also reportedly planning to keep assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski in the fold.
ESPN's Mike Reiss first reported the news on Monday via Twitter. Schuplinski was previously believed to be on the way to joining McDaniels with the Colts, along with Judge. Of course, McDaniels backed out of the Indy job at the last minute and now his would-be assistants are coming back with him.
The move isn't as inconsequential as you may believe, at least compared to McDaniels or Belichick's remaining tenure in New England. Reiss added that Schuplinski "will play [an] important role in helping develop another young QB."
Will They Draft A QB In 2018?
Obviously, Schuplinski did a good job with his part in developing Jimmy Garoppolo. Even Jacoby Brissett, who appears to at least be capable of sticking on NFL rosters for the foreseeable future. So the Pats obviously value the work that Schuplinski has done and will do with Tom Brady's successor, who could be drafted as soon as this April's NFL Draft.
However, if Brady is serious about playing five more seasons, then maybe the next QB won't be drafted this year. But 2018 appears to have a deep class and the Patriots clearly found it important to have Schuplinski on the staff for next season, so it would shock no one if Brady's true successor is in a Pats uniform this spring.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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