As the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers came together Tuesday for a joint practice , uncertainty regarding the Patriots’ play-calling continued to persist. But a glimpse into coach Bill Belichick’s plans might have been revealed.
According to several local reporters at the practice, assistant coach Matt Patricia was sending in the calls to second-year quarterback Mac Jones. Belichick, however, has yet to announce his play-caller definitively with just two preseason games remaining.
Matt Patricia is calling plays to Mac Jones in 11v11s
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Opinions on the “coordinator controversy” can vary widely depending on who’s asked. Some NFL coaching veterans, like Bill Cowher, even feel the competition could be a positive.
Those who know how the Patriots operate — like former Patriots QB Matt Cassel— have stressed that this is nothing new for New England. Cassel compared the current situation between Patricia and former Giants head coach Joe Judge to the one he encountered during his time in New England.
The Patriots will travel to Miami for the first week of the regular season on Sept. 11. Belichick will be the head coach, and, barring injury, Jones will be the quarterback. However, the person sending in the calls to Jones in the huddle is still a mystery.
We might have seen a glimpse into Belichick’s plans on Tuesday.
Jamie Arnowich contributed to this report.