Joe Judge and Matt Patricia discussed their role on the Patriots offense


“I would say we all work together as a coaching unit to work with the entire offense.”

Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia in December 2021. AP/Photo Jeffrey T. Barnes

As the Patriots begin to take their first steps into the 2022 season — organized team activities begin on 23 Raiders coaches).

Two former head coaches, Joe Judge and Matt Patricia (both also have experience as New England assistants), have emerged as possible candidates. Neither has experience calling plays on offense.

Speaking to reporters Monday, both Judge and Patricia were asked what their specific roles on the team might be, as Bill Belichick has so far declined to include detailed coaching titles.

“I’m going to give you a direct answer right here so as not to evade anything,” Judge replied when asked what positions he worked with. “I work on Mac [Jones], as well as some other people on the offensive. I work with everyone [of] the skill group on offense. I would say we all work together as a coaching unit to work with the entire offense. So that’s the most direct and specific answer I can give you folks. In terms of who’s coaching which position, see me on the field with the quarterbacks.

Judge, who returned to New England after being fired by the Giants at the end of the 2021 season, is no stranger to being versatile as a Patriots coach. Before moving to New York in 2020, he served as both a special teams coordinator and wide receiver coach in 2019.

Regarding offensive play-calling, Judge provided an overview of the Patriots’ approach.

“Listen, I’ll tell you directly and honestly right away: nothing was explained or decided or uttered to me,” Judge explained. “I know Matt will be the other one that gets asked or Nick Caley. Look, right now we’re all just working [on] exercises and skills. We work aggressively. I think understanding offense and being prepared as a play-caller is crucial for any offensive coach. Unless you really think of and approach the game as a play-caller, I think it’s difficult to really teach the game plan if that makes sense to you.

“To be honest, who’s calling the games, that’s not the main focus for us as offensive staff right now,” he added. “As a coach [Belichick] wants us to go ahead and explain such a role, he will tell us.

Patricia, still listed by the Patriots as a “senior football consultant,” noted that he has previously worked with the offensive line.

“I was able to be out there with the offensive guys, working the offensive line and kind of helping those guys and improving some technique, just talking about basic fundamental stuff but nothing really heavy,” said Patricia .

When asked about an updated job title, Patricia explained that it’s early in the Patriots’ offseason program and the team hasn’t gone into specifics.

“I was so far into Phase II, we haven’t gotten into Phase III yet,” Patricia said, referring to the NFL’s offseason program. “In Phase II I was with the attacking players and I kind of worked with them on the field there. In phase I we were of course not allowed to do anything because of the rules.

“Especially spending time with the guys on offense,” added Patricia. Joe Judge and Matt Patricia discussed their role on the Patriots offense

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