Report: Belichick could play unexpected role with Patriots


The New England Patriots have a major void to fill in their coaching staff after the hiring of Josh McDaniels as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Bill Belichick must find a new caller, and he may have a surprising choice for the job – himself.

There has been talk in recent weeks of Belichick taking on more offensive responsibility next season. The longtime coach has not announced an official replacement for McDaniels, and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano announced on Sunday that it could stay that way.

“The intrigue deepens as the New England Patriots approach the offense without a true playmaker,” Graziano and Fowler wrote. “There’s kind of an open belief across the league that coach Bill Belichick could call plays or, at the very least, get more involved on offense. He’s involved in everything, of course, but he could really dig here.

The Patriots need to replace several offensive assistants. McDaniels took receivers coach Mick Lombardi, offensive assistant Bo Hardegree and offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo with him to Las Vegas.

Belichick is known as one of the greatest defensive minds of all time. We don’t doubt he could play a bigger role up front, but that doesn’t seem ideal for the Patriots. They’ll likely be at their best if Belichick can devote most of his time to defense.




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