How do the New England Patriots fix their offense for 2023?
The New England Patriots’ offense is on the struggle bus currently. How should they go about fixing their unit for the 2023 season? This is likely at the very top of the to-do list for the Patriots. Regardless of what happens with Bill Belichick, perhaps if he and Kraft decide that this is no longer working, the offense still needs fixing.
It’s easy to say that the unit is bad and needs to be improved, but how will that happen? Well, the first step in this process is to get a new play-caller; someone who has actually called plays on offense before is what the Patriots need.
I know, that sounds so radical, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the gamble with Matt Patricia calling plays does not seem to be working out for them. Former Patriots’ coach Bill O’Brien might be a logical candidate to be the offensive coordinator next year.
He’s currently in that role at Alabama and has expressed interest in returning to the NFL, according to Albert Breer.
For many reasons, this would make a ton of sense. I think O’Brien is a very good coach and would instantly boost the offense’s chances of becoming competitive again. I would expect Belichick and O’Brien to talk a bit this offseason about the potential.
The next step in this process is to find a true playmaker on offense, specifically at wide receiver. Sure, it’s easy to say that, but finding one is a different story. I think the team should re-sign Jakobi Meyers for starters.
You still have DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, who I think could be traded, and Tyquan Thornton of note in this group. Taking a shot in the thin free agent WR class might be required. DJ Chark could be a low-risk, high-reward move for the team to consider.
I also think DeAndre Hopkins is going to ask for a trade out of Arizona when the season ends. If that is the case, the Patriots would definitely have interest in making that trade. Right now, it’s unknown whether or not Hopkins would have interest.
To me, those are the two biggest, most pressing issues on offense that the team has to solve. I do think that getting a legitimate play-caller and striving for a difference maker on offense will bring life into a unit that desperately needs it.