The New England Patriots have undoubtedly entered a new era with the hiring of Jerod Mayo. The team will look more different on the sidelines than it ever has since Bill Belichick came into town 24 years ago. However, the Patriots want to make the transition as easy as possible by bringing familiar faces into the mix.
Therefore, the first finalist for the offensive coordinator job shouldn't come as a surprise. According to Patriots reporter Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, former Patriots assistant Nick Caley is close to making a return to Foxborough.
Patriots News: Nick Caley Close to Becoming New Offensive Coordinator
After interviewing nearly a dozen candidates for the opening, the Patriots are seemingly closing in on Nick Caley. The 41-year-old coach has the benefit of familiarity of working with Mayo, Belichick, and the Patriots organization.
Caley previously worked for New England between 2015 and 2022, initially as an offensive assistant, and then as a tight ends coach. He earned the respect of the players and the organization by helping Rob Gronkowski thrive in the up-tempo, no-huddle style of offense.
He had interviewed for the OC job in New England in 2023 before losing it to Bill O'Brien. He later joined the Los Angeles Rams to work under head coach Sean McVay.
Considering that the only other offensive coordinator candidate to meet with the team twice is former Bears OC Luke Getsy, Caley seems like an obvious pick as a familiar face who has done everything in his career to deserve a larger role.