Are the Patriots’ Shrine Bowl coaching staff hinting at Joe Judge’s future in 2023?
“He’s not going to coach quarterbacks, but he has a role to play.”
The tenures of Matt Patricia and Joe Judge as Patriots offensive authorities were nothing short of a disaster.
These feelings were confirmed by a report from the Boston Heraldcentered on Patricia and Judge’s inability to cultivate a detailed scheme and connect with players.
Judge, the New England quarterbacks coach, has been singled out for his difficulties establishing a relationship with Mac Jones.
“Mac didn’t like him. At all,” an anonymous source told the Herald.
But despite this malfunction, could Judge remain on Bill Belichick’s team in 2023?
Based on the coaching staff the Patriots send to the East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas, Judge could still be in the picture, albeit in a different role in the future.
NFL Network Ian Rapoport tweeted Thursday morning that Belichick, Bill O’Brien, Jerod Mayo, Steve Belichick and Judge will all attend the Shrine Bowl, serving in a supervisory role for New England.
Many other Patriots personnel will participate in the annual collegiate showcase.
Troy Brown (New England wide receivers coach) will serve as the head coach for Team West, while other coaching contributors include Ross Douglas, Mike Pellegrino, Brian Belichick, Cam Achord, Vinnie Sunseri and Billy Yates.
One notable omission is Matt Patricia, who reportedly “could be leaving” Foxborough altogether.
Considering how many other coaching stalwarts are taking part in the Shrine Bowl, Judge’s addition to the staff could signal that the former Giants head coach remains in the picture for Belichick and Co.
MMQB’s Albert Breer echoed those thoughts Thursday night during a television spot with NBC Sports Boston.
“I understand Joe Judge will be on the 2023 staff in a different role,” Breer said. “He’s not going to coach quarterbacks, but he has a role to play. He will make the trip to Las Vegas tomorrow. I think the other supervisors are leaving tomorrow.
“Bill left today, but I think Billy O’Brien and Jerod Mayo will go tomorrow as well. And I think there’s still value for Joe Judge in the team. He’s a good coach to football. I think it was just kind of a different situation that he was put in – that maybe he should have had some self-awareness and not accept the job. But I think he was doing some better than he could. And the status of Matt Patricia, I think that’s a little more up in the air here. I don’t think you’ll see that in Vegas in the next few days.
Giving Judge his previous duties as New England Special Teams Coordinator (2015-19) makes sense, especially after that unit’s subpar play in 2022. But with current Special Teams Coordinator Cameron Achord also a coach in the Shrine Bowl, it remains to be seen how those coaching roles might be revamped.
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