Mac Jones says Bill Belichick, unlike last year, is ‘very practical’ with the Patriots’ offense this offseason

Mac Jones says Bill Belichick, unlike last year, is ‘very practical’ with the Patriots’ offense this offseason

Mac Jones says Bill Belichick, unlike last year, is ‘very practical’ with the Patriots’ offense this offseason

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For the first time since 2011, the New England Patriots will not have Josh McDaniels to coordinate their strike next season. Nor will they have former Patriots assistants like Bill O’Brien, who coordinated the strike the last time McDaniels got a chance to become head coach, or longtime position coaches like Chad O’Shea, George Godsey or Dante Scarnecchia. And of course they don’t have Tom Brady anymore.

Presumably as a result of that infrastructure drain, head coach Bill Belichick is taking on a bigger role on the offensive this season, according to sophomore quarterback Mac Jones — right down to delivering some snaps to Jones himself.

“It was nice for me to get snaps of him,” Jones said at a news conference on Thursday. “But we just talked through something with the running backs and, like you said, he’s very hands-on. And last year he was more with the defense and stuff. But now it’s like, ‘Okay, let me tell you show this.’ “And he’s coaching us and the running backs in that drill on the road they need to get through the scrimmage. So he’s very hands-on and I feel like we’ve made a lot of growth together as an offensive unit with him.” And of course personally with him as a quarterbacks group So we’re all on the same page.

“He’s seen the most football of all our coaches. He’s seen defense, offense and special teams, so his input will always be very helpful to me, because he knows what the emphasis is on defense. And now with him. Because he is very hands-on, he knows how to emphasize the defense and how it’s going to play out in our hand.”

There is speculation that Matt Patricia or Joe Judge could name offensive plays for the Patriots in 2022, even though neither has roots as an offensive coach. (Patricia was a former defensive coordinator and Judge a special teams coordinator, although he also coached wide receivers for a season.) Perhaps Belichick’s greater involvement on that side of the ball is a sign that he could play a part in the game-day calling of plays. The Pats have a number of experienced defensive assistants in addition to Belichick who can handle the playing duties on that side of the ball, including Jerod Mayo and Belichick’s son, Steve. Even though Belichick is a defensive coach himself, with the offense needing more attention, it is certainly possible that he will make a switch.