Neither Patricia nor Judge lived up to expectations as a head coach (Patricia in Detroit, Judge with the New York Giants), but they both became household names while working under Belichick in New England. Even though they are well-known names in the NFL as assistant coaches, “the hoodie” is apparently still making them work hard to keep their jobs during preseason.
Patricia and Judge shared play-calling duties with Belichick in the Patriots’ 23-21 preseason loss to the Giants.
Belichick does not yet have a true offensive coordinator, as Patricia is only an assistant on the offensive line and Judge is only the quarterback’s coach. It seems that Judge and Patricia are participating in the Patriots’ tryout process alongside many other players.
That must have made things uncomfortable between the two ex-head coaches, right? You can’t expect to rise to the position of head coach in the NFL without possessing a certain amount of “alpha” personality and ego.
To be fair, Patricia disagrees with him. According to a recent interview he gave (with a special thanks to Raul Martinez of NBC Boston), he said:
Are you sure you don’t feel like you’re competing with Joe Judge to be the play caller?
Coach Matt Patricia of the #Patriots has stated that they are not competing. It has been a group effort throughout. pic.twitter.com/of5hQSdT2O This was written by Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) on August 15, 2022.
“It’s just collaborative from that perspective,” Patricia explained.
The fact that he and Judge seem to be getting along well is encouraging. Perhaps it’s because everyone in New England is aware that Belichick is the true power broker in the Patriots’ organization, regardless of who holds the official titles.
He said sarcastically, “We follow coach Belichick’s lead.”
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