The New England Patriots have been put under public scrutiny as of late.
After losing their last two games, falling to the bottom of the AFC East with a record of 6-6, many have wondered if it is time to make a few changes, particularly with the coaching staff.
Head coach Bill Belichick has quelled all of these rumors.
Bill Belichick says there hasn't been any thought on removing Matt Patricia as their offensive coordinator.
"Too hard" to make "dramatic changes" at this point in the season.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2022
Matt Patricia has been under Belichick’s tutelage for over ten years.
He has had many positions for the Patriots, including offensive assistant, assistant, full-time linebackers coach, safeties coach, and defensive coordinator, before landing his current position as senior football coordinator/offensive line coach.
The Current State Of The Patriots
Belichick’s comments about Patricia certainly allow for much speculation, particularly regarding Patricia’s future with the Patriots.
Although he noted that it would be difficult to make a drastic change at this point of the season, he didn’t make any sort of comments about Patricia’s role in 2023 and beyond.
Patricia and Belichick have certainly had their share of successes together, with the Patriots winning three Super Bowls under the guidance of Patricia.
Recency bias is a real thing, especially in the NFL.
While quarterbacked by Tom Brady, the Patriots enjoyed nearly 20 straight years of success.
The past three seasons without him haven’t resulted in the same amount of success.
Would a new coaching regime help the team succeed?
And, will the Patriots ever return to the dynasty that they once were?
With the competition in the AFC only getting tougher, the Patriots have a long road to get back to their winning ways.