Chad O’Shea [left] and Josh McDaniels.
For the first time since 2011, the New England Patriots are likely preparing to have someone other than Josh McDaniels call offensive plays next season.
With McDaniels gaining heavy interest in head coaching from a variety of different teams around the league, his time in New England will likely end. While itself may have a ripple-down effect on the rest of the staff and even some of the Patriots’ players, New England’s best approach for maintaining some continuity may come with a familiar face as his replacement.
There are a few internal options the Patriots may look to fill in for McDaniels’ vacancy, but there is an outsider with a past relationship with New England. Former Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea, who spent last season as offensive coordinator in Miami, will likely be selected by New England to replace McDaniels.
OShea was recently released by the Dolphins after Miami finished the season ranked 27th in the league in total offense. However, he did not have the exact option for the staff to be released during the year.
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Why OShea Can Be Made in New England
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported that O was not fired because he was not good at his job. It was a decision rather than Brian Flores’ desire to move away from a Patriots-esque approach to the ball. Here’s what Breer believes about moving to the O ‘Shea fire:
“I said part of it was Brian Flores’ desire to get his Patriots roots off the edge of the ball. Why does that make sense? My theory is that Miami will be very young in the next couple of years. couple, running a scheme with the complexity of New England can be tough for development players.Why does it not surprise me if we see more college ideas put into what Miami. “
Given that the O’s already have a working knowledge of the Patriots playbook and are familiar with many players on the offensive side of the ball, he can be a true asset for the Patriots if they choose to go that route.
This could be a more exciting challenge for the O’s with Tom Brady likely leaving New England next year. There should still be a decent amount of carryover on offense positions and some young talent on the offensive line, as well as a chance for Rob Gronkowski to return to his NFL.
Who Are the Other Steps?
A potential move for Patriots coaching staff has lifted Troy Brown to the title of wide receiver coach. With O -Shea holding play-calling and special team coordinator Joe Judge may also be leaving, it will also leave an opening in that position.
Brown has been around the team all season as a special assistant, helping rookie recookers Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry get acclimated on a professional level. He spent 14 years in New England as a role player in all three stages, most notably the wide receiver and punt returner.
He will also help special teams with young assistant Cameron Achord likely to be promoted to the role of coordinator for Judge to resign.
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