Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
The New England Patriots are coordinator-less.
After losing Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles, both their offensive and defensive coordinators, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia have accepted head coaching jobs elsewhere. This is not breaking news, as everyone under the sun knew they’d be leaving, but their departures are now official.
We are excited to welcome Josh McDaniels, who has agreed to terms as our new head coach!
Press conference scheduled for Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/FIzhqIf2y4
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 6, 2018
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) February 5, 2018
McDaniels, who once before left the Patriots in 2009 to become head coach of the Denver Broncos, is headed to Indianapolis and Patricia, a member of the Patriots’ staff since 2004, is headed to Detroit. Both coaches have brilliant football minds and will (hopefully) be successful in their new positions.
In their six seasons together (as coordinators) in New England, the team posted a 75-21 record and won two Super Bowls. I’d consider that stretch the best in franchise history, even better than 2001-2005 in which the team won three championships in four years. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous about the two of them leaving.
After the 2004-2005 season, offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, and defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel, left the Patriots. It took the team ten years to win another Super Bowl. I’m not saying that history’s going to repeat itself, but losing two coordinators of this caliber will hurt, especially because McDaniels is taking special teams’ coach, Joe Judge, with him and according to reports, offensive line coach, Dante Scarnecchia has yet to commit for the 2018 season.
Patriots are losing both coordinators (McDaniels and Patricia) and reportedly their special teams coach (Joe Judge, per WEEI) and now their assistant quarterbacks coach (Schuplinkski, per ESPN). Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was non-committal about returning last week.
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) February 6, 2018
So, even though I’m glad McDaniels and Patricia have the opportunity to head up their own organizations, I’m nervous about the effect their exits will have on the Patriots’ future.
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Featured image via: AP/Charles Krupa