No matter who is most at fault for the disastrous season of the Patriots in 2022, Matt Patricia’s performance as the offensive play-caller and offensive line coach appeared to lead to the most issues for the team.
Calls for his firing began early in the season, with Bill Belichick shooting the speculation down several times when questioned by reporters. But since the season ended last month, the personnel moves have made it clear that Patricia isn’t actively involved with the future of the Patriots. And news of him interviewing for the defensive coordinator position with the Broncos last week likely points to his dismissal from the New England organization, right?
The Broncos announced several new hiring’s over the weekend to join Sean Payton’s staff, with Patricia’s name left off the list. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph won the defensive coordinator job, leaving Patricia’s future still hanging in the balance with any team in the league.
His contract with the Lions ended as the season did earlier this year, and he is reportedly not currently under contract with the Patriots, either. But could Belichick still keep him around after his abysmal performance throughout last year? According to NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran, it’s possible but not looking likely.
"“I think he is — at this juncture, from what I’ve gathered — kind of untethered. He’s not with the Patriots. Robert Kraft, not on the record, but certainly characterized a level of respect for Patricia and Joe Judge as coaches and guys. So, I don’t think they’re persona non grata, but I don’t know if they have an exact role for (Patricia).”"
Given how dismissive and defensive Belichick was when speaking of Patricia, assuming he will still be a part of the organization in some capacity wouldn’t be entirely out of the question. However, because his most recent position did not work out and there haven’t been many moves made to the defensive coaching staff, it leaves little room for Patricia to fill.
His presence on the sideline may no longer be needed in New England, but Curran believes he could remain in an advisory role if he cannot lock down a coaching job elsewhere.
"“I think that he would be a little bit radioactive if he were to have any involvement in the offense at all. The defense seems kind of set. Does he come back in an Ernie Adams role? I think he’s exploring his options.”"
If that is the future of Patricia in New England, it’s hard to imagine many fans taking issue with it. As long as he is never involved with the offense again, the Patriots are in better hands.