Bill Belichick on coordinators taking head coaching jobs: "It's not in my control"
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Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are two of the hottest names on the head coaching market this offseason. While speculation has swirled about one or both leaving New England for the past few years, this could finally be the season they decide to move on. When asked about the uncertain situation on WEEI, Bill Belichick had a typical Belichick response: "Really, it's not in my control."
“Really, it’s not in my control," he said. "I have talked to the people that are involved and we’ve had a very open line of communication, and it’s not being the first time that it has come up, so this has been quite awhile now. But, we’ll see how it plays out and take it as it comes. It’s not anything I can control...
“We’ve talked about a lot of things over a long period of time," he said. "This isn’t something that just suddenly happened that we haven’t experienced before. We’ve had a lot of conversations. Those conversations will remain private between myself and the parties involved.”
It's interesting that Belichick went out of his way to mention the "long period of time" he's been speaking with McDaniels and Patricia (as well as linebackers coach Brian Flores, Director of College Scounting Monti Ossenfort and Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio) about taking other jobs. While his approach has successfully kept his subordinate talent in Foxborough for the past few years, it's looking like this might be the year key coaches finally leave.
Multiple organizations, including the Giants, Lions, Colts, and Bears, are reportedly interested in either McDaniels or Patricia (or both). With their names atop so many prominent short lists, it's looking more likely than ever that the Pats will have to replace their coordinators next year. For now, though, McDaniels and Patricia are both focused on New England's upcoming divisional round playoff matchup and winning another Super Bowl title.