The New England Patriots are losing coaches faster than they can hire them. The mass exodus of the Patriots coaching staff continues with tight ends coach Will Lawing leaving the team to join Bill O'Brien's staff at Boston College, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN.
This one was perhaps rather unsurprising. Lawing has worked with O'Brien since 2014 and was brought to the Patriots last season, after working together in Alabama and the Houston Texans. The new Pats offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt was reportedly given a green light to build out his staff, and it made sense for him to want to bring in familiar faces.
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This leaves New England with even more coaching openings to fill. Van Pelt has to make a decision on tight ends, wide receivers, and running back coaches.
The team had already announced the hiring of T.C. McCartney as the quarterbacks coach, Scott Peters as the offensive line coach, and Ben McAdoo as the senior offensive assistant. Van Pelt is clearly favoring people he has worked with in his last stop in Cleveland, so we can expect a few more hires with Browns connections.
Patriots fans are desperately hoping for offensive improvement as the team ranked second-to-last in points and third-to-last in yards last season. It was the worst offensive performance in franchise history. With a new offensive play-caller and likely a new quarterback at the helm, New England will need to take a huge step forward in 2024 to kickstart the post-Bill Belichick era.