For the first time in the 2022 off-season, Bill Belichick met with the media during the NFL’s annual league meeting in Florida on Monday, to answer questions about the Patriots’ numerous recent storylines.
Particularly on the coaching staff, the group appears to be set, with no new additions expected. Matt Patricia, who returned to New England last season as Belichick’s senior football adviser following his tenure as head coach of the Detroit Lions, will again serve a number of roles.
“Broad role, very broad. He does a lot of things, helps me a lot of ways,” Belichick said. “He does a lot of things, he has a lot of experience, he’s done things when he was here and of course he had experience in Detroit, then last year, things like the COVID rules and that type of thing. Matt’s had a lot of different roles for us. Like I said, he’s been a big help to me and the organization.”
Coaching-wise, Patricia and returning assistant Joe Judge will work primarily with the offense, as the team continues its development of quarterback Mac Jones following the departure of Josh McDaniels to Las Vegas. Patricia coached the offensive line early in his first Patriots stint before rising up the ranks on defense, while Judge previously coached wide receivers in addition to coordinating special teams.
“Great to have Joe Judge back, and Matt [Patricia], of course,” Belichick said. “They’re two really good coaches, along with some of the other coaches we have offensively, [tight ends coach] Nick Caley, [wide receivers/kick returners coach] Troy [Brown], and so forth, guys that were here last year. We’re working through it. [We’ll] do the best we can here.”
Despite Patricia and Judge ostensibly playing major roles on the staff, Belichick does not show any intentions of specifically naming coordinators for the upcoming season, on either side of the ball.
“I’m not big on titles,” Belichick said. “We have jobs to do. We’ll do the jobs.”
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