Patriots’ Matt Patricia calls offensive plays in preseason game vs. Panthers, possibly answering OC questions



This offseason, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stayed quiet about who his offensive and defensive coordinators would be for the 2022 season. Bill Belichick? Not giving anything away? Not very shocking.

Usually teams have distinct coordinators, but leave it to Belichick to switch things up. “I’m not big on titles,” he said this offseason when asked about the roles.

Well, someone has to call the plays, and in the team’s Week 2 preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, it was former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia who was trusted with the role.

During the first two offensive drives, Patricia stood next to Belichick, both holding play sheets, as the team went three-and-out both times. Belichick later stepped off with former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge while Patricia appeared to tackle the play-calling and speak with officials on his own — without the shadow of Belichick. 

In a change from last week, where Judge and Patricia both called plays, it was just Patricia running the show Friday night. His offense saw three quarterbacks: starter Mac Jones and backups Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe

Patricia and Judge are tag teaming calling plays, causing some chaos and confusion all around. Patricia appears to have the inside track to the play-calling job based on Friday night, but with Belichick running the show, nothing is ever set in stone, especially with a less than impressive offensive start for the Patriots.

This is not Patricia’s first run with the Patriots, but the last time he was on the sidelines for the team he was its defensive coordinator. Judge and Patricia have never been offensive play-callers, and both are recently coming off head coaching positions during which their teams struggled. 



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