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Matt Patricia Reportedly ‘might Be On His Way Out’ In New England


Patricia initially signed a five-year deal with the Lions after taking over as head coach in 2018.

Matt Patricia has been on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff for the past two seasons after being fired as Lions head coach. Barry Chin / Global Staff

With Bill Belichick and the Patriots Interview with Bill O’Brien and other candidates For the vacant offensive coordinator position, New England’s coaching staff is about to undergo an overhaul.

In turn, Matt Patricia’s days as New England’s offensive commander appear to be numbered. But will the longtime Belichick employee be completely out of the picture?

According to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston, With the Patriots moving forward, Patricia “could go away,” especially now that the Detroit Lions are no longer paying him.

Patricia initially signed a five-year deal with the Lions after taking over as head coach in 2018.

He was fired by Detroit in November 2020, but the Lions still haven’t paid him for the remainder of his contract. As a result, the Patriots don’t have to allocate a lot of cash to Patricia despite his various roles at Foxborough over the past two years.

Joe Judge, who was fired by the Giants for two seasons and signed a five-year deal, has a similar financial arrangement with New England after rejoining the organization in 2022 as quarterbacks coach.

NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry echoed Curran’s thoughts on Patricia’s bleak future in New England on Monday.

“Patricia’s future with the Patriots is something that is unclear to several senior members of the club,” Perry wrote”I’ve been told that multiple employees believe he’s leaving the team in 2023.

Coaches and front office personnel leave once their contracts with their former employers expire, a common practice in New England.

When the Patriots hired McClonbardi as an assistant coaching staff in 2014, he had two years left on his contract with the Cleveland Browns. They added former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema to their roster in 2018 while he was still getting paid from the Razorbacks.

As Curran noted in his article, Bielema and Lombardi left New England after their contracts with their previous projects ended.

Maybe something similar will happen to Patricia this season, especially now that Belichick names an offensive coordinator.

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