The departure of longtime Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, along with several assistants, left a significant hole in New England’s offensive staff. With uncertainty clouding the remaining coaches, beliefs are growing that Bill Belichick could simply take it upon himself to run that side of the ball in 2022.
In a new column for ESPN.com, Jeremy Fowler details that Belichick could add to his duties by leading the offensive game-planning and play-calling next season.
“The intrigue deepens on the New England Patriots’ approach to offense without a true play-caller,” Fowler wrote. “There’s sort of an open belief leaguewide that coach Bill Belichick could call the plays or, at the very least, have more involvement in the offense. He’s involved in everything, to be sure, but he could really dig in here.”
Throughout his tenure with the Patriots, Belichick gained an identity as a defensive mastermind that granted offensive coordinators like Charlie Weis, Bill O’Brien and Josh McDaniels more control over the offense. With no obvious internal replacement for McDaniels, Belichick may have to take extra time to develop young quarterback Mac Jones and grow the offense in his second year.
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