Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows that many people disagree with his decision not to hire an offensive coordinator this season, and instead delegate specific offensive coordinator duties to Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, neither of whom have ever been appointed before. There has also been no aggressive play collar. ,
But Belichick doesn’t care much.
Belichick brushes aside anything that Judge and Patricia are not up for the job, saying it was their decision to hire him and the buck stops at the head coach.
“I think they are both good coaches,” said Belichick. Boston Globe, “Ultimately, it’s my responsibility, like it always is. So if it doesn’t go well, blame me.”
Belichick said he has hired other inexperienced coaches and has had success with them.
“I don’t see it any different than the last 22 years,” Belichick said. “Look at our other offensive coordinators. We had Charlie [Weis], Then Josh. He never said aggressive play. Billy O’Brien [who succeeded McDaniels] Never called plays in the NFL. Josh is back. We have changed coaches several times in each area. Defensively, Matt Patricia had never called plays. Then he won two Super Bowls. Brian Flores [who succeeded Patricia] The plays were never called. It all worked fine. Steve [Belichick] Rescue has been called. We were statistically quite up last year. We obviously didn’t play well at the Buffalo game and a few other games, but I wouldn’t say we had a bad year defensively. At least not statistically. We have a lot of coaches who didn’t have prior experience and it’s worked great with most of them, but not all of them. ,
Belichick said he was not concerned with the media investigation into the Patriots’ crime.
“It’s his opinion,” Belichick said. “I’m not going to argue with them. I don’t follow. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. A lot of compliments have been said. When things aren’t complimentary, I really like them.” Somehow don’t worry too much. There’s more publications and air time and blogs and everything else than actual news. So there’s a lot of opinions and a lot of stuff. I don’t know how newsworthy that is. This is the world we live in.”
If the Patriots’ crime falters, Patricia and the judge will find much to blame. Belichick would be too, and he’s fine with that.