What Bill Belichick said about Patriots play calls early in OTAs


Belichick appeared to call plays for part of Monday’s practice.

Mac Jones at the Patriots OTA on May 23, 2022. Photo AP/Steven Senne

As the Patriots began the first practice of organized team activities on Monday, it offered a first look at one of the team’s top issues heading into the 2022 season.

The departure of Josh McDaniels has left uncertainty over who will call the games for New England. Two potential candidates for the role, assistant coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, noted the decision had yet to be made when reporters asked about it earlier in May.

Asked about it at Monday’s pre-training press conference, Bill Belichick had a succinct answer.

“When we get there, we will get there,” he explained.

“I called them and I didn’t call them,” Belichick said of the play-calling. “Other people called them and didn’t call them. We’ll see.”

One of the reasons Belichick noted he wouldn’t answer the question was that most of the training done at this point is simpler than playing. The team is focused on fundamentals, not necessarily entire offensive streaks.

“What games are we calling? Minicamp is playing?” Belichick replied when asked about the subject. “We will coach the team, coach the players, prepare them to leave. We are going to schedule a match when we have to schedule a match, play calls, do whatever we need to do to get into matches. Right now, we are months away from that.

Yet, since reporters were present on Monday, he did not escape notice that he appeared to be Belichick himself call plays in the 11-on-11 drill. Whether or not the longtime Patriots coach continues in that role remains to be seen.


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