NFL Rumors: Patriots Could Lose All Three Top Coaching Assistants In Offseason

It’s well-established that New England Patriots offensive and defensive coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia reportedly are as good as gone next season. But the team could lose its third top coaching assistant, as well.

Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge’s contract is up after the season, and he could choose to join either McDaniels or Patricia with their new clubs rather than staying in New England, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing league sources.

McDaniels reportedly is being hired as the Indianapolis Colts’ next head coach, while Patricia reportedly is heading to the Detroit Lions to be their head coach.

The Patriots could choose to promote assistant special teams coach Ray Ventrone if Judge leaves. Judge came to the Patriots as assistant special teams coach under Scott O’Brien in 2012. He was promoted to special teams coach in 2015 when O’Brien retired.

O’Brien stayed on the Patriots’ staff as an area scout.

The Patriots could lose a fourth assistant in linebackers coach Brian Flores, who has interviewed for the Arizona’ Cardinals’ open head-coaching position and is expected to be asked back for a second interview.

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