Supposedly they have done with this other coaches in the past in similar situations to Patricia.
That deal ran through the 2022 season and continued to do so even when he was no longer coaching the team following his dismissal in November 2020.
Whether or not that impacted New England’s decision to bring him back into the fold is not known, but it would not be the first time the club went down that road. Back in 2014 they hired Mike Lombardi when he was still under contract with the Cleveland Browns; they also brought in Bret Bielema while he was still being compensated by the University of Arkansas four years later.
As NBC Sports’ Tom E. Curran pointed out, both Lombardi and Bielema moved on after their previous contracts officially expired. The same happening in Patricia’s case might also be in the cards:
Is he still under contract to Lions> At least to season end date? Do Pats have the right to fire him while Lions are paying part of his salary for 2022? End of Season is officially after SB likely first week of March?
I expect he’ll stay there in New England in some capacity, perhaps the front office again.
Aside from that, Joe Judge should return to his previous position of Special Teams Coordinator. Whoever they have in there now produced the worst Special Teams I’ve ever seen in New England.
The money thing is so New England. I find it rather disgusting, but the other NFL franchises keep making the same mistakes, so it’s on them. Still, I’d wipe my rear with the last check sent to Patricia.
I’ve always had a suspicion that laminated call sheet he was holding was a takeout menu. haha
On a different note, BB sure loves to play musical coaches. McDaniels, Judge, Patricia, O’Brien, Romeo. All these dudes start with the Pats, then get hired as Head coaches, usually fail miserably and then BB hires them back again. At some point. you’d think these teams are going to learn to stop hiring anyone who worked for BB.