Patriots not appointing offensive and defensive coordinators

Bill Belichick won’t reveal which coach will fill Josh McDaniels’ big shoes.

The Patriots officially announced their entire coaching staff and titles on Thursday, marking the first time Belichick has released the information since McDaniels left New England to become the Raiders’ head coach. The only problem is that Belichick didn’t declare an offensive or defensive coordinator.

“I’m not big on titles,” Belichick said in March. “We have work to do. We will do the work.

Earlier this offseason, it looked like the title of offensive coordinator would go to either former Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia or former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge. The pair actively serve as the Patriots’ senior football advisor/offensive line coach and assistant coach/offensive quarterback, respectively.

Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick
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Alas, the man tasked with organizing an intricate game plan and relaying calls to second-year quarterback Mac Jones remains a mystery for now. Despite New England’s impending training camp, which is set to begin on Wednesday, Belichick doesn’t seem overly worried.

“We won’t call anyone [plays] for a while,” Belichick added in March. “I haven’t had games for a while.”

Patricia, Judge and Belichick remain the most likely suitors to fill the void and help develop Jones after the quarterback’s strong rookie campaign. Whether they will be able to put the young caller in a position to succeed as he did under McDaniels remains to be seen.

Uncertainty also remains on the other side of the ball. The Patriots haven’t announced who their defensive coordinator will be, with linebackers coaches Steve Belichick and Jerod Mayo likely to be considered for the role due to their past managerial roles.

Amid the confusion, at least New England knows who will coordinate punts and kicks — Cam Achord will return to head up the special teams unit.

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