New England Patriots

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - JANUARY 09: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo talk on the sidelines in the first quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston joined Zolak & Bertrand on Tuesday to discuss his outlook on the Patriots coaching staff after not naming an offensive and defensive coordinator for the upcoming season.

Phil Perry: I think (Bill Belichick) knows it’s a big deal and I think he’s just trying to protect his guys in a way. He really likes Matt Patricia, he really likes Joe Judge, he really respects them both as football minds. I think he’s doing with them what he has done with a lot of younger and up and coming kind of coaches, which neither of these guys really are based on where they’ve been before, but we’ve seen this before when guys are essentially the coordinator but they don’t get the title.

And just having spoken to people with the team in years past, part of the reasoning for that is so that Bill can be the guy that the responsibility ultimately falls on and he doesn’t want to put that on them. I think part of it’s money, there are some other reasons he likes just to be sort of shrouded in mystery at all times. But I think one of those things is that one voice mentality that he’s always had. And if this guy isn’t ready for all the pressures that come with this job, then I want some of that stuff to fall on me, so he doesn’t name these guys. But we’re going to find out. They’re going to have a play caller at some point here and we will be able to see who that is. So he can continue to tell us for months that nobody has the title and that everything should fall on him because he’s the head coach, which is what he told us this morning, but we’ll know and we’ll know relatively soon.

If you want to hear more of the conversation, tune into the third hour of Zolak & Bertrand to hear the full discussion. It can be found here:

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