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Patriots in pursuit of OC, Jerod Mayo in extension talks

Patriots in pursuit of OC, Jerod Mayo in extension talks

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After a season New England Patriots Having fallen to the bottom of the league standings in the most important offensive categories, the club announced Thursday that it will begin interviewing candidates next week to fill the offensive coordinator position.

This confirms that head coach Bill Belichick, who will enter his 24th season, is moving away from the structure he put in place in 2022, where he did not name an official coordinator.

Matt Patricia and Joe Judge filled leading roles on the offensive staff, with Patricia calling on the second-year quarterback. Mac Jones. Patricia’s official title was senior football consultant/offensive line, and Judge’s title was assistant/offensive quarterback.

The moves were considered unusual by many, with Patricia’s primary background as an NFL coach coming on defense and Judge on special teams. Belichick said his belief is that a good coach transcends any position, though after the team’s 8-9 season, he acknowledged that better results were needed in all areas.

That was especially the case on offense, where the Patriots took a dip in several key categories from 2021 to 2022 when Josh McDaniels moved on. Las Vegas Raiders‘ head coach.

Some of these areas were:

  • Red zone efficiency: 11th (39 TDs in 63 trips) to 32nd (19 TDs in 45 trips)

  • Third down: 10. (43.5%) 27. (34.8%)

  • First downs: Tied-9. (362) 28. (288)

  • Bags: 8. (for 28 241 meters) to 19. (for 41 279 meters)

  • Scored touchdowns: 48 to 31

As Belichick prepares to interview offensive coordinator candidates, it opens up the possibility that Patricia and Judge — who each won three Super Bowls as Patriots assistants and are highly respected by Belichick — could fill other roles on the staff.

Former Patriots quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien (2009-11), who is coming off a two-year contract as OC at the University of Alabama, is among the candidates Belichick will consider.

In addition to the Patriots’ search for an offensive coordinator, the club announced Thursday that it has “begun contract extension discussions.” [inside linebackers coach] Jerod Mayo would keep him in the team long-term.”

Mayo played eight seasons with the team (2008-15) and has just completed his fourth season as an assistant. He has received interest from other teams for head coaching vacancies, the latest Carolina Panthers asking to interview him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cleveland Browns Mayo has also been asked to interview for the defensive coordinator job this week, sources told Schefter.



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