Why Bill Belichick
May Not Have Named Patriots Offensive Coordinator
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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have yet to name an offensive coordinator for the 2022 NFL season.
During the preseason, the Pats served on play-calling duties by committee – operating under a collaborative process between Belichick,
Senior football consultant/offensive line coach Matt Patricia and quarterback coach Joe Judge.
According to recent reports from NFL insider Roger Sherman of The Ringer,
There may be a very plausible reason why Belichick didn't take the official OC name.
"There may also be a financial element here; by withholding a coordinating title,
The Patriots can ensure that the Lions pay Patricia the balance owed on her contract, even while a position falls outside the pay scale for the coach.
So Patricia is calling the plays New England's "senior football advisor/offensive line."
And the Ford family keeps sending him the paycheck."
Belichick is not naming an offensive coordinator so Matt Patricia may be paid by the Lions
And the judges that can get paid by veterans (and so they don't have to talk to the media like designated coordinators have to do) is such a classic bill,"
NFL analyst Tej Seth wrote in response to this theory.
Patricia Calls Off Offensive Plays During Every Precision Game This Year
Still, Belichick has declined to name an official play caller before the start of the 2022 season.
The Patriots will begin their regular season on September 11 with a 1-week matchup against the Miami Dolphins