FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Details of former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge’s role as an offensive assistant for the New England Patriots became clearer on Monday, as he told the reporters that he was working with Mac Jones and the quarterbacks.
It’s a key position on Bill Belichick’s team, given Jones’ promise and the departure of longtime innovative offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to become head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Meanwhile, former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia — who spent the 2021 season as Belichick’s senior adviser in New England — said he’s been working with the offensive line.
Belichick previously identified Judge and Patricia as two top offensive coaches, but did not publicly elaborate on their roles, or whether they would replace McDaniels as game day point guard.
The judge was asked if he would be calling games in 2022 and said: “Listen, I’m going to tell you straight and honest now, nothing has been said to me or decided or expressed. … As to who is calling games, being honest with you, that’s not the main focus right now. When Coach wants to go ahead and declare a role like that, he’ll let us know.”
The Patriots are currently in the second phase of their voluntary offseason program, with coaches working with players on individual and full unit drills. Reporters did not have access to the practice, but Judge and Patricia detailed their responsibilities.
“As far as who coaches each position, you’ll see me on the field with the quarterbacks,” said Judge, who was 10-23 during his stint as the 2020 Giants head coach. to 2021.
“I work with Mac, with the whole attacking skill group. I would say we all work collectively as a training unit with the whole attack. So that’s the most direct answer and the more specific than I can give you on this…. This has been a priority for us as coaches, we want to make sure we can train all the players and no one is there with a lack knowledge in attack.”
Judge said he watched months of tape on Jones before the 2021 draft, and then Jones also impressed him when his Giants team practiced with the Patriots in the 2021 preseason.
“There are a lot of things that impress you – the precision, the presence in the pocket, the decision making, things of that nature. I like the way he managed and commanded the caucus and the team when we trained against him; that was something that really stuck with me,” he said.
As for Patricia, who was 13-29-1 during his tenure as Lions head coach from 2018-2020, he described his new role as a return to his college and NFL roots. . When he was hired as coach of the Patriots in 2004, one of his first jobs was with the offensive line, before moving to defense in 2006 and staying there for 12 years.
“I worked with the offensive line, which was great for me,” he said. “It’s been fun getting back to that.”
Patricia’s interview was his first since joining the Patriots over a year ago, and he was asked what he learned about himself through his tenure with the Lions.
“Detroit has been a great opportunity for me. I really appreciate [Martha Firestone Ford] and the organisation,” he said. “I think every year you get involved in football, you learn and you grow. For me, being a head coach in Detroit has allowed me to have different points of view or different perspectives or different ideas to discuss with Coach Belichick.”
“And in many ways, it was great to be back and having to focus on one job, not multiple jobs. That part was good.”