Patriots to search for OC, in talks to extend Jerod Mayo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After a season in which the New England Patriots plummeted to the underside of the league rankings in a number of key offensive classes, the membership introduced Thursday that it’ll start interviewing candidates subsequent week to fill the position of offensive coordinator.

This confirms that head coach Bill Belichick, set to enter his twenty fourth season, is transferring away from the construction he applied in 2022 in which he didn’t title an official coordinator.

Matt Patricia and Joe Judge crammed main roles on the offensive employees, with Patricia calling the performs to second-year quarterback Mac Jones. Patricia’s official title was senior soccer adviser/offensive line, and Judge’s title was offensive assistant/quarterbacks.

The strikes have been seen by many as unconventional, with Patricia’s main background as an NFL coach approaching protection, and Judge’s on particular groups. Belichick had shared that his perception was {that a} good coach transcends any place, though after the crew’s 8-9 season, he acknowledged that higher outcomes have been wanted in all areas.

That was significantly the case on offense, the place the Patriots dipped considerably in a number of key classes from 2021 to 2022 after Josh McDaniels left to change into the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach.

Some of these areas included:

  • Red zone effectivity: eleventh (39 TDs in 63 journeys) to thirty second (19 TDs in 45 journeys)

  • Third down: tenth (43.5%) to twenty seventh (34.8%)

  • First downs: Tied-Ninth (362) to twenty eighth (288)

  • Sacks: eighth (28 for 241 yards) to nineteenth (41 for 279 yards)

  • Touchdowns scored: 48 to 31

With Belichick set to interview offensive coordinator candidates, it opens the likelihood that Patricia and Judge — every of whom gained three Super Bowls as Patriots assistants and whom Belichick has nice respect for — may fill different roles on the employees.

Former Patriots quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien (2009-11), whose two-year contract as University of Alabama OC is expiring, is amongst a number of candidates Belichick is anticipated to contemplate.

In addition to the Patriots’ search for an offensive coordinator, the membership additionally introduced Thursday that it has “begun contract extension discussions with [inside linebackers coach] Jerod Mayo that might preserve him with the crew long-term.”

Mayo performed eight seasons for the crew (2008-15) and simply concluded his fourth season as an assistant. He has acquired curiosity from different groups for head-coaching vacancies, most not too long ago with the Carolina Panthers requesting to interview him, in accordance to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cleveland Browns additionally requested to interview Mayo for their defensive coordinator emptiness this week, sources informed Schefter.

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