Matt Patricia is out as the Patriots offensive coordinator. Technically, he was never in it.
Still, with Bill O’Brien officially returning as the offensive coordinator in both title and duties, Patricia doesn’t really have a job in the Patriots organization. So what happens to him?
He landed the position of, technically, senior football adviser/offensive line coach, a year after being a champion for coach Bill Belichick. That happened in part because, as a source explained to PFT, there was no job available for Patricia on the defensive coaching staff.
Some have speculated that the Patriots never gave Patricia the title of offensive coordinator to justify paying him less since his buyout from the Lions ran through 2022. Since Patricia got his salary from his previous head coaching job minus earnings elsewhere, the less the Patriots pay him, the more he gets from Detroit.
He could potentially return to his role in 2021 with the Patriots as he did a little bit of everything for the team. He could leave to work with another team.
He definitely has something to offer on the defensive side of the ball. Teams currently looking for coordinators would do well to consider him. And if, for example, former Patriots assistant Brian Flores ends up as head coach of the Cardinals, Flores might want Patricia to manage the Arizona defense.
The same mindset applies to Joe Judge. The former Patriots special teams coordinator and Giants head coach served as the quarterbacks coach in New England during the 2022 season. That development surprised people both inside and outside the organization.
If O’Brien wants his own quarterback coach, there may be no room for the judge. Unless he wants to get involved on special teams again.
Regardless of how it plays out, O’Brien’s return replaces Patricia and Judge as the top two offensive heads in New England. Which, based on what happened in 2022, could make the offense significantly better in 2023.