The New England Patriots are invested in making their offense run like the well-oiled machine it once was. Bringing back Bill O’Brien to be their offensive coordinator is a start, but the Patriots’ next move was hiring a former player to be their offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm.
The Patriots selected Klemm in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft, 153 picks before Tom Brady. He spent the first four years of his career in New England, winning three Super Bowls in the first half of the Patriots’ double dynasty. Needless to say, Klemm understands the art of playing along the Patriots’ offensive line.
After five years in the NFL, the three-time Super Bowl champion eventually retired in ‘05, spending his first four years in New England and his final season in Green Bay. Klemm transitioned back to the field by ‘08, becoming a graduate assistant at SMU before being promoted to offensive line coach from ‘09-‘11.
While at SMU, Klemm transformed their entire run game, making them a powerful offense. When he took over in 2009, the Mustangs averaged a great 109.8 yards per game on the ground, 68.4 yards more than the year prior when he wasn’t the offensive line coach.
Furthermore, SMU averaged 120.8 rushing yards per game during the three years Klemm was the offensive line coach. This leap in production proves he’s a successful offensive line coach and will be a strength for the Patriots this season.
In 2022, Klemm was the offensive line coach for the Oregon Ducks. They went 10-3, averaging 215.8 rushing yards per game. No matter where Klemm is coaching, he continues to make an impact and is successful at his craft.
Klemm, who started his NFL career as the first draft pick selected under Bill Belichick in New England, talks about returning to New England 18 years later as a coach.
"“It wasn’t a tough decision for me, to be honest. It was a no-brainer. It was a good opportunity for me to come back and contribute in some small way to a place that changed my life forever. It set the foundation for where I’m at right now in terms of my career, and some things I’ve been able to do for my family in the past and going forward.”"
In addition to being a great offensive line coach, Klemm has been accredited for his expert recruiting skills, being recognized as a top-25 recruiter in the country, and was the 2010 Conference USA Recruiter of the Year.
Lastly, Klemm started his career under the best positional coach in NFL history Dante Scarnecchia when he was a young player in the early 2000s. He learned from the best to do it and tells the media that he implements things that he learned from Scarnecchia in his own coaching style.
"“I’m not even in the same stratosphere as him, but I’m trying to get there. He’s somebody that I inspire to be like. A lot of the things that I try to implement early on and I try to improve on each other things that I learned from him. I’m not there, but I’m continuing to grow every day and getting better.”"
Klemm will be a great addition to the Patriots’ coaching staff and will make an immediate impact this season.