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NFL analyst has ‘significant concerns’ about Patriots in 2022

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While New England Patriots fans could be looking forward to the 2022 regular season, one NFL expert is concerned about New England.

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The Patriots will look very different from 2021 in a few key areas. Josh McDaniels is no longer on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff and All-Pro cornerback JC Jackson is no longer on the New England roster.

With McDaniels gone, ESPN’s Louis Reddick believes the Patriots’ coaching staff could be a problem going forward.

“The Patriots’ lack of outward explosiveness was a concern last season, but I’m more concerned this year about who Jones will be in the ear for in terms of his development and play-calling,” Reddick said via Hayden Bird from Boston.com.

“That continuity, relationship and chemistry isn’t easy to duplicate, and given the coaches that make Belichick appear to take McDaniels’ place — including offensive assistants Joe Judge and Matt Patricia — I have significant concerns,” concluded Riddick.

The analyst has a relationship with Belichick. Reddick played for Belichick as a member of the Browns during his NFL career.

No matter who’s in Mac Jones’ year, the quarterback likely had a learning curve of sorts since New England’s offense will look different.

Still, having inexperienced offensive coaches like Judge or Patricia is worrying. Judge has spent most of his career working with special teams, while Patricia is primarily a defensive coach.

Even if Bill Belichick decides to play the offensive playcaller role, there is cause for concern. Belichick has found most of his success on the defensive side of the ball and with his involvement in defense it would be difficult for him to juggle all of those duties.

While it could be difficult for Jones, he’s put in a lot of work this offseason. He’s put in so much work that it’s hard for his teammates not to notice.

“The child is a hard worker” David Andrews said to 98.5 The Sports Hub. “He works his ass off every day. Sometimes I try to get him to take a deep breath, but that’s what you want your quarterback to do. He works really hard. He’s a tough kid. It’s been fun getting to know him over the past year and I’ve gained a lot of respect for how he does things and how he carries himself.”

But with the change in coaching staff, Jones appears to be taking charge of offense, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, which should help him be ready once the regular season begins.

“Jones spent long hours at Gillette Stadium, often bashing the coaching staff into the building to get the day’s film studies started,” Howe said. “He also takes offense responsibility, is willing to vouch for plays and concepts that he likes and thwarts the things that didn’t work.”

While Reddick has his concerns, the Patriots have worked hard to ensure they are capable of thriving in 2022.

While Reddick has his concerns, the Patriots have worked hard to ensure they are capable of thriving in 2022.

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