The mystery continues over whether Matt Patricia is the offensive caller in the Patriots game

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Four matches, there is still no real clarity on whether Matt Patricia as a de facto Patriot attack coordinator. With the team that sacked Patricia as their coach arriving in town on Sunday, questions about Patricia’s role are becoming more important.

And so coach Bill Belichick was asked questions about Patricia’s role on Friday. Belichick answered these questions in the usual manner for Belichick.

Here’s the question, as posed during Belichick’s weekend press conference: “Through four games here, how do you feel Matt has done the responsibilities he’s taking offensively, calling plays in particular? That seems to be what he’s doing on the sidelines. How did you notice that he Growing up in this role?”

“Yes, we talked again about the entire attack crew,” Belichick said. “That’s what I did – I wouldn’t quite describe it the way I did. But that’s fine. So I would say that, like a lot of offensive things, we’ve made some improvements. He didn’t turn the ball around very much last week. That was a step in the right direction. Obviously not We still have a long way to go. We need to play better in situational football. There are a lot of things we need to do better. I think we’ve made some progress. So we’ll see where we are this week.”

The next question was clear. “Shouldn’t we call?[Matt Patricia] caller play? “

Then came Abbott and Costello’s little routine.

Belichick: “Call him whatever you want.”

Reporter: “How would you describe it?”

Belichick: “You really marked it out.”

Reporter: “Who calls offensive plays?”

Belichick: “We talked about this nausea. Maybe we can take notes this time to say I’m responsible for all of this. Which is what I said from day one. This is what I keep saying. There was no change in that. I am responsible for what is called and what happens on the field.”

But the head coach is always responsible for all of that. This does not mean that he chooses plays for the game plan. Or he makes the initial choices while playing. Or he works directly and extensively with midfielders and other attacking players to teach them what to do and how to do it. Despite Belichick’s superhuman work ethic, there are only so many hours in the day. Only one man can do so much. Each minute devoted to defense is one minute that can be allocated to attack, and vice versa.

When Belichick isn’t working with the offense, Patricia and Joe Judge seem to be working. They are the people who grind the game plan, choosing plays to use in different situations. The identification of plays will be the focal point of the practice. Incorporating the outcome of studying the film with the aim of knowing what the opponent’s defense does and benefiting from it.

There are so many things to do. Belichick may be responsible for this, but he can’t do all the work. Josh McDaniels, the man who did this for years, is gone. Looks like it’s Patricia and Judge now. They have limited experience when it comes to the many things that need to be done to get the most out of crime.

So, no, it’s not enough for Belichick to say he’s responsible. This goes without saying, frankly. His six Super Bowl wins presumably insulate him from the same kind of accountability other coaches might face with other teams.

Regardless, the Patriots 1-3. They need to defeat the Lions at home on Sunday. Lost hope. If they drop to 1-4, who knows where this season will end for a team whose owner has already said publicly he is unhappy the Patriots are gone Three years without winning the play-off?

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