The Patriots did not name an offensive coordinator heading into the 2022 season, but Matt Patricia has been the play-caller, which has largely failed. It was a puzzling situation all offseason as it seemed as of Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, two coaches not known for their offense, were both the main two people working with the offense.
Most indications told us that Matt Patricia was going to be the play-caller, and I’m not sure this has worked out, to say the least. With Josh McDaniels as the OC last year, the Patriots were one of the top scoring offenses in the NFL with a rookie quarterback.
This propelled Mac Jones into some dark horse MVP conversations since his rookie year was so good. However, in his first year without McDaniels, Jones and the entire offense has regressed. It also seems like the offensive line has been one of the main problems this season as well.
On the season, the Patriots are scoring 21.3 points per game, which ranks 20th in the NFL. This is down from last year when they were scoring 27.2 points per game, which ranked 6th in the NFL. Once again, the scoring defense is exceptional while the offense is poor. It’s a recurring theme in 2022, and it doesn’t appear as if any changes have been implemented.
Right now, New England sits at the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs currently, so they have a one-seed cushion, if you will. In my opinion, given their offseason, they have surpassed most expectations that I personally had for them.
They are winning 60% of their games and are currently on pace to win 10 games again. However, if the defense continues to drag this carcass of an offense over the line each week, something is going to have to give.
The Patriots need a legitimate offensive coordinator, not a defensive coach calling the plays.