Matt Patricia and Joe Judge spoke about their roles calling offensive plays at a press conference on Monday.
The Patriots, who have not named an offensive coordinator, saw Patricia and Judge call plays in Thursday’s preseason opener loss to the New York Giants.
“I mean honestly, it’s just collaborative from that perspective. We’re following Coach Belichick’s lead, you know?” Patricia said. ‘he asks me to do on a given day. And that’s the beauty of it, that’s what I love. It’s always a bit new, exciting and challenging from that point of view. We’re all working together right now, which is the great part about it.
Judge echoed Patricia’s comments about working together.
“As far as defined roles or anything, I come to work every day with a simple policy,” Judge said. “Whatever he [Belichick] say go. I’m not the head coach here. It is a certain thing. And my job is to do whatever he says and make the players play better.
Judge and Patricia are longtime Patriots assistants who had brief stints as head coaches. Patricia coached the Detriot Lions from 2018-2020 and Judge coached the Giants in 2021.
Patricia has spent most of her career coaching the Patriots defense, spending five years as a defensive coordinator after coaching linebackers and safeties. However, his first job with the Patriots in 2004 was as an offensive assistant and he coached the offensive line for a year.
Judge coached special teams during his first stint with the Patriots and is now the team’s offensive quarterbacks coach/assistant.
Belichick said the competition “has nothing to do” with its process for evaluating play callers like it does for players. When asked to go into more detail about the process, he declined.
“We don’t have time for that,” Belichick said. “I appreciate the question, really. I know how much this topic interests you and I wish I could shed some more light on it, but honestly, it’s a much longer conversation.
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