Joe Judge Reportedly Returning To Patriots In New Role For 2022

The New England Patriots lost Josh McDaniels to the Las Vegas Raiders, meaning they need a new offensive coordinator. The organization was linked with a few coaches, but it seems like they won’t get McDaniels’ replacement this offseason. Or not? According to several reports, including the one of Albert Breer from Sports Illustrated, the Patriots are bringing Joe Judge back and he will get a new role with the team.

This was a rather expected move from head coach Bill Belichick. He would gladly work with a familiar name, and Judge is someone who has earned words of praise from the Patriots head coach on multiple occasions.

Joe Judge will have a new role with his former team

The New York Giants fired Judge in January and Breer reported that Judge is working on his deal with the Patriots. Breer’s report suggests that Judge is finalizing his new deal.

Belichick brought Matt Patricia back last year. He tried his chances as a head coach of the Detroit Lions but it didn’t work.

Judge was part of the Patriots organization for eight years. In other words, he knows the system really well. The 40-year-old joined the Giants as their head coach in 2020. When it comes to his time with the Patriots, he worked solely on special teams. Judge was an assistant from 2012 to 2014 and became special teams coordinator from 2015 to 2019. In his final year with the Patriots, Judge became the Patriots’ wide receivers coach.

The Raiders wanted Judge, too. McDaniels is their new head coach and Judge could have become their new special teams coordinator. The Raiders lost Rich Bisaccia to the Green Bay Packers, but Judge won’t be joining McDaniels.

Judge will work with Belichick and other Patriots coaches. It’s one of the best reunions of the offseason and NFL analysts have great expectations from the Belichick-Judge duo. Judge will take over the offensive role and he will be the Patriots offensive assistant. Let’s see how will things go for the Patriots and their new coaching staff.