OC Tracker: Here’s an updated list of Patriots candidates and interviewees who originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The New England Patriots approach the offensive coordinator position in 2023 very differently.
After declining to appoint an OC in 2022 and turning play-call duties over to senior football consultant/offensive line coach Matt Patricia, the Patriots said in explicit terms last Friday that they will begin an official search for offensive coordinators this week.
That search has begun in earnest, with Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley and Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell among those expected to interview for the New England OC opening.
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Expect more interviews in the future: Our Tom E. Curran reported that Alabama offensive coordinator (and former Patriots OC) Bill O’Brien is the Patriots’ “primary target” for the offensive coordinator role, while Phil Perry is also possible has suggested names such as Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea, Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator Zac Robinson and Browns quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing.
That’s a lot of names to keep track of, but we’ve got you covered. Below is an updated list of every offensive coordinator candidate who has already had an interview with the Patriots or is expected to meet the team.
Nick Caley, Patriots tight ends coach
Caley is highly respected in New England as one of the team’s longest-serving assistants; he joined the team in 2015 as an offensive assistant.
Caley’s name was floated last season as a potential successor to Josh McDaniels, so he’s an intriguing OC candidate. However, if he doesn’t get the job, it sounds like he’s a threat to leave the Patriots.
Keenan McCardell, Vikings wide receivers coach
McCardell played four seasons for Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns from 1992 to 1995, so he’s in the “family,” so to speak. He also has about a decade of experience as an NFL wide receivers coach and has found great success coaching superstar Vikings in the greater Justin Jefferson area of Minnesota.
It’s also worth noting that the Patriots must abide by the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for vacant head coach and coordinator roles. Interviewing McCardell would fulfill that rule, but McCardell is a strong OC candidate of his own merit who appears to be on track to land a job as a coordinator in the near future.
Adrian Klemm, head coach of Oregon
Klemm is a surprising addition to this list, but he’s well acquainted with the Patriots: New England selected the offensive tackle in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and Klemm won three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots before leaving the team. left in 2004.
Klemm spent three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as their assistant offensive line coach (2019 to 2020) and offensive line coach (2021) before joining the university to become the Oregon Ducks’ associate head coach, run game coordinator, and offensive line coach .