In his second stint with the Patriots, Patricia currently holds the title of assistant to the head coach. Belichick has involved him heavily in the free agency and draft processes and praised his onetime defensive coordinator last week.
“It’s great to have Matt [Patricia] here. He’s an outstanding coach…I’m extremely glad he’s here,” Belichick said during a press conference last Thursday.
This morning, for the second time this month, Boston Globe writer Ben Volin took a look at what Patricia has been doing with the team and how varied his roles are before posing the question: could he be Belichick's potential successor, either as head coach or GM?
Now, it is very important to note this is all speculative at this point. Belichick appears to be providing Patricia with as many opportunities as possible to get hands-on experience, but that doesn't mean he's doing that with the intention of having the 46-year-old replace him in New England.
Not surprisingly though, the reaction from fans and some media to the possibility of Patricia taking over for Belichick was not a positive one. After all, Patricia's tenure in Detroit was a disaster in pretty much every possible way.
In two-plus seasons with the Lions, Patricia went 13-29-1, alienating several of his best players in the process. Simply put, he didn't look ready to handle the responsibilities of running his own team.
That's probably why Belichick is grooming him the way he is now. Time will tell if he's doing so with the intention of having him take over the reins in Foxboro.