The New England Patriots did not add a ton at the tackle position this offseason, but do they have a better situation here than we think? The team added Calvin Anderson and Riley Reiff in free agency to bolster the tackle room.
Trent Brown seems to be returning but the team did let Isaiah Wynn leave in free agency. They also extended Conor McDermott for two seasons. On paper, the tackle situation doesn't look great, and New England did have quite a few opportunities to bring in better talent, but do they have a different plan here than we think?
One of the biggest changes this unit will see in 2023 is former Patriots' Super Bowl champion Adrian Klemm as the new offensive line coach. Klemm spent the 2000-2004 seasons with New England, winning three Super Bowls.
He then played one year for the Green Bay Packers and began his coaching career in 2008 at SMU. From then, he coached at UCLA, in the NFL with the Steelers, then at Oregon, and now with the Patriots.
He does have a solid track record of success as a coach and perhaps this is what the team is going to bank on for the tackles to rebound in 2023.
Furthermore, Bill O'Brien is an established offensive mind who is going to improve the execution of the offense. Coaching is the most important aspect of a functioning NFL team, and the Pats seemed to have gotten two stud coaches at incredibly important positions at OC and OL coach.
Furthermore, we've seen that Trent Brown can be a very good tackle when he's on his game. The other projected starter, Riley Reiff, has been in the NFL since 2012 for a reason. He's played both tackle spots for a reason.
It's not by accident that Reiff has played in 149 games in his NFL career. He's a good player and will probably settle in just fine in a competent offense.
Calvin Anderson is also an interesting player. He doesn't have a ton of starts on his resume with the Denver Broncos, but in his limited action, he's looked the part of a starting tackle.
Maybe the Pats are also banking on Anderson being able to develop under the coaching of Klemm. He's still in his mid-20s and should have a long career ahead of him.
While there aren't big names at the tackle positions for the Patriots, they might be more comfortable with the unit than we are.