Bill Belichick: Albert Breer claims big changes coming for Patriots coaching staff

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Bill Belichick might need to make a few changes to his coaching setup with the New England Patriots this season if things don’t pick up for them.

From the outside looking in, it would seem as though things are not exactly going as smoothly as they could be for the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick, or at the very least not as smooth as they were for the majority of their 20-year dynasty in the new millennium.

Following the departure of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as he left to become the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, Belichick and the Patriots haven’t had anyone with much experience being able to call plays on that side of the ball, or indeed anyone with the proper title of offensive coordinator. 

Assistant coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, both of whom have had brief stints as head coaches in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and New York Giants respectively,  have been calling the plays so far, with Belichick also having his say on matters, but with Patricia and Belichick specialising in defence and Judge on special teams, and Belichick having a defensive background as well, it doesn’t make for good reading for those outside of New England.

And that may have played a part in the fact that the Patriots, who last year made the playoffs off the back of new quarterback Mac Jones who had a very impressive rookie season, could only score seven points against the Miami Dolphins this past week.

Belichick has discussed the matter earlier this summer, stating (via NBCSports) that “We’re not really big on titles and all that. So, I think everybody — it’s important that we work together and create a good final product. So, that’s what we’re going to try to do. It’s what we’ve always done. Look, I’m the head coach. Ultimately I’m responsible for everything. So, we’ll just leave it at that. That’s the way it is.”

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So at the end of the day, Belichick has the power to take control of things if necessary, he just isn’t set to do it just yet, but according to Albert Breer, that could change pretty soon.

Writing in a mailbag column for SI.com, Breer claimed that the way things operate in New England means that the team can be flexible moving forward if they need to and get things back on track as soon as possible: 

“We don’t know what it’ll look like three or six weeks from now, and I don’t think anyone in that building thought it’d be perfect in Week 1.

“But if it doesn’t work out, well, then I think this is one component of Bill Belichick not giving Matt Patricia or Joe Judge the title—this way he maintains some flexibility to make changes on the fly. I personally think Nick Caley [tight ends coach] should be a bigger part of the mix than he has been, and I don’t like the reason that he’s not being that he’s not under contract past this year. It’ll be interesting to see if that changes if the offense keeps struggling. Or if there comes a point, and this may be more likely, where Belichick just decides to call it himself.

“All in all, I think there are still a lot of moving parts here.”

You just wonder how bad it has to be for that change to be made. This week they face the Pittsburgh Steelers who are coming off the back of a win over the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals, so have proven they are no pushovers.

Will it be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and forces Belichick and the Patriots into a change, or will they wait for things to get really desperate before they make such a move?

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