Patriots to begin interviewing OC candidates;  negotiating an extension with coveted linebackers coach Jerod Mayo

Patriots to begin interviewing OC candidates; negotiating an extension with coveted linebackers coach Jerod Mayo

Patriots to begin interviewing OC candidates;  negotiating an extension with coveted linebackers coach Jerod Mayo

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The replacement of longtime New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, with former Detroit Lions head coach and former New England Patriots defensive coordinator England, Matt Patricia, as the Patriots offensive caller, went as planned – badly. Also, as expected, there will be changes to the New England coaching staff following head coach Bill Belichick’s season-ending meeting with team owner Robert Kraft. The Patriots have announced they will begin interviewing candidates to be the next offensive coordinator next week.

In that same forthcoming statement, New England also announced that it was negotiating a long-term deal to keep linebackers coach Jerod Mayo on the inside at Foxborough. Mayo, who was the Patriots’ star linebacker for eight seasons, is one of the hottest head coaches in the league. There appears to be progress on that front as Mayo has informed the Carolina Panthers that he will not be interviewing to be their next head coach, according to NBC SportsBoston.

The 2022 New England Patriots were the worst third-down (34.9% conversion) and red-court (42.2% red-court touchdown percentage) offense in the Belichick era, since 2000 , so safe to say that Patricia will likely be for a new assignment on Belichick’s staff or let go completely. Patricia, 48, spent 16 seasons on the Belichick team with roles ranging from offensive assistant (2004), assistant offensive line coach (2005), linebackers coach (2006-2010), safeties (2011), defensive coordinator (2012 -2017), assistant head coach (2021) and offensive line coach and senior adviser (2022).

Patriots Offensive Rating



3rd worst

YPG total


3rd worst

Bottom 3rd percent



Red Zone TD Percentage



* Since 2000

The decline in the Patriots’ third down and red zone offenses is steep, from around McDaniels’ top 10 last season as offensive coordinator in 2021 to bottom 10 or dead last in the entire NFL in the first Patricia’s season as a New England offense. coordinator.

Patriots Offense the Last Two Seasons (NFL Rankings)


27.2 (6th)

21.4 (17th)

YPG total

353.4 (15th)

314.6 (26th)

Bottom 3rd percent

43.5% (10th)

34.9% (27th)

Red Zone TD Percentage

61.9% (11th)

42.2% (Last)

Among those frustrated with the offensive program in 2022 was quarterback Mac Jones, the team’s 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and runner-up for the 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Jones became just the 10th rookie in NFL history to throw for more than 3,500 passing yards (3,801) and more than 20 touchdowns (22) in 2021, but suffered a significant regression under Patricia in 2022. His frustration with even-calling offensive play boiled over in a 24-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on “Thursday Night Football” when Jones grew tired of the Patriots’ conservative approach.

Mac Jones Career Stats (NFL Rankings)

Offset Percentage

67.6% (8th)

65.2% (17th)

Succeed YPG

223.6 (16th)

214.1 (15th)

Skip Yards/Att

7.3 (14th)

6.8 (25th)


22-13 (17th)

14-11 (26th)

Passer Ranking

92.5 (15th)

84.8 (26th)

Although bringing McDaniels back for a third stint as New England offensive coordinator isn’t an option this offseason for Belichick, expect Belichick to cast a wide net to find a caller who can put Jones back on the line. on track after a lost year in the development of his 24-year-old quarterback.

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