Andrew Callahan: Patriots coaching staff faces frustrations over front office decisions
Wednesday morning on the Toucher and Rich radio program, Boston Herald Patriots writer Andrew Callahan joined the show. The segment covered several topics related to the New England Patriots, including the Patriots’ lack of activity during the NFL trade deadline and whether they should have made moves.
Fred and Rich asked Callahan about Bill O’Brien’s comments regarding his involvement in roster decisions. Callahan mentioned that Bill O’Brien was brought in with input from Robert Kraft and that they expected him to have some influence. O’Brien has been candid about certain decisions being out of his hands.
On whether O’Brien was passing the buck or genuinely lacking input in roster decisions, Callahan explained that there have been frustrations within the coaching staff due to what they’ve been given by the front office, which has resulted in on-field issues. He mentioned the ongoing problem with the offensive line, particularly at the right tackle position, as an example of where the coaching staff has faced challenges without the ability to make decisions.
“There have been frustrations, not necessarily directed at Bill O’Brien, but within the coaching staff due to the challenges they’ve faced with decisions made by the front office at various points throughout the season. I believe this issue is evident on the field, and I understand it may come as a surprise to some listeners. The recurring problem we’ve observed involves the offensive line, which resembled a turnstile at the right tackle position last year. Unfortunately, we’re witnessing the same issue this season. This situation has been particularly challenging for many individuals, especially those closely involved in the day-to-day operations, given their limited influence over these matters.”
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.