Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Patriots Insider thinks Matt Patricia could be leaving New England

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As the 2023 season begins, the New England Patriots’ organization will undergo a thorough evaluation, including the offense coaches on their staff.

After calling games to Patricia in 2022, Matt was primarily scrutinized for the Patriots offense failure. Now his future in New England is uncertain.

“There is at least some uncertainty as to whether Matt Patricia will be here on the staff next year,” Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard said during an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “That his contract with the Detroit Lions is up; That means the Patriots would have to draft a whole new contract for him.

“It’s hard for me to see,” Bedard added. “I don’t know how it happened that he’s hooked up to Bill Belichick at league meetings and he’s suddenly gone. And maybe it’s better for Patricia to go somewhere else and find his own way. … But I think there’s a chance Patricia isn’t here at all.”

According to reports Wednesday, New England interviewed two familiar faces from the organization and Belichick. NFL Networks Ian Rapport and Tom Pelissero reported that Minnesota Vikings receiver coach Keenan McCardell and Patriots tight end coach Nick Caley are being interviewed for the offensive coordinator position.

McCardell played for Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.

“I have so much respect for Keenan and I’m really proud to have coached him,” Belichick said in 2005. “I’m not saying I developed his career or anything, I don’t mean it, but I mean it just what he brought as a player, his work ethic, his attitude. … He really is a special guy.”

Caley has been with the Patriots since 2015 and has worked his way up from an offensive assistant to various positions as an offensive position coach.

The Cardinals officially announced Monti Ossenfort as their general manager, and after spending a total of 15 seasons with New England, he praised his now-former organization in his opening press conference.

“To the folks in the Patriots organization — Mr. Kraft, Jonathan, Dan Kraft and the rest of the Kraft family. That was a first look at what it means to be a world-class organization,” Ossenfort told reporters. “The success we had there — four Super Bowl wins, three more, countless division titles — was an experience that really shaped the foundation of who I am.”

Ossenfort then took some time to praise Belichick.

“For coach Belichick, every day at work was a master class in how to build a football squad and how to build a successful organization,” Ossenfort said. “There are core beliefs that I believe I will take with me from there – as I will take with me every step of the way – that I will bring here and give them my own spin and make them the cardinal path.”

Before joining Arizona, Ossenfort had spent three seasons with the Tennessee Titans.



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