Mac Jones hints at Bill Belichick's role in Patriots' offensive play-calling scheme

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Whatever the titles have read on paper, the Patriots have shown us time and again this spring and summer that Matt Patricia seems to have the inside track to call offensive plays when the live bullets fly.

He’s the one Mac Jones and the offense huddle around when they’re starting segments, and he’s the one typically carrying around the radio that relays the plays into Jones’ ears before each snap.

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But even though that’s true, Bill Belichick is rarely far away from the huddle and has taken on a very hands-on role with the offense.

In a recent interview with "The Peter King Podcast," Jones might have hinted Belichick could be even more intimately involved with the offense than we've noticed.

“Coach Belichick has seen offense from way back in the day all the way to how it’s evolved," Jones told King at Patriots' training camp. "So he knows exactly the origins of it and also the defensive part, too, where he can analyze the defense and put us in a good position with the right play-call because he knows what the defense is doing.”

The bit about Belichick’s defensive mind helping craft the offenses scheme is not news. Jones has already discussed this a number of times.

But the idea of Belichick making "the right play-call" is different. Does Jones mean Belichick simply offers input to Patricia about what the play should be or gives instructions about where the offense should be looking? Or is Belichick going to actually get on the headset himself with regularity?

While Patricia has done the lion's share of play-calling as far as radioing scripted plays off the call sheet in spring and summer, Belichick has at times been on the walkie-talkie himself during team drills. It would seem like overkill, though, to have Patricia be the play-caller for much of training camp only for Belichick to grab the play sheet before the season starts. So perhaps this is about Belichick steering the process from above rather than determining it outright.

In essence, Patricia might call the plays, but Belichick will have the final say over what the operation looks like, whether to run or pass, whether to go for it on fourth down, etc.

But at this point, nothing should surprise anyone. If it comes out that Belichick is indeed calling the offense plays during the season, we might be able to look back at this Jones quote as an inadvertent clue.

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