The Patriots have formally kicked off their offensive coordinator search.
As of Wednesday, there have been 4 recognized candidates, and sure extra to come back.
Bill O’Brien, Nick Caley, Adrian Klemm, and Keenan McCardle are all mentioned to be within the combine.
Caley, who has served as an offensive assistant since 2015, most not too long ago because the tight ends coach, reportedly interviewed with the crew Wednesday.
Retired Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is aware of three of the candidates fairly effectively, and had some attention-grabbing issues to say about every one.
First up, O’Brien.
From 2007-2011, O’Brien labored as an offensive assistant, vast receivers coach and quarterbacks coach earlier than ultimately getting the offensive coordinator title. So he labored proper alongside Scarnecchia.
“Billy’s really a well-qualified guy, no doubt,” Scarnecchia mentioned of O’Brien when reached Wednesday. “He’s a good football coach. He’s got family here, he still has a house here out in Harwich. By all accounts, it’s a natural fit.”
Scarnecchia additionally mentioned O’Brien, who has been Alabama’s offensive coordinator the previous two years, must weigh if it’s the “right move” for him, given his need to return to the NFL as a head coach.
Asked about O’Brien’s well-known mood, Scarnecchia laughed.
“I think the players used to call him ‘Teapot,’ because that teapot every once in a while got a little hot,” mentioned Scar. “But he was a good guy to be around.”
Scarnecchia coached him for 4 seasons after the offensive lineman was drafted in 2000. He was Bill Belichick’s first draft choose as head coach of the Patriots, arriving within the second spherical.
Klemm’s time in New England was punctuated by harm. And whereas Scarnecchia didn’t sense Klemm was headed for a training profession, he wasn’t completely stunned the way it ended up.
“Where Adrian is concerned, I think his dad was a basketball coach. So coaching was in the blood,” Scarnecchia mentioned. “And certainly, football was important to him. He just had so many injuries when he was with us. That was a tough part of it. But he quickly learned coaching, he found his niche, and by all accounts, he’s done a nice job.”
As for Caley, Scarnecchia can also be an enormous fan of the Patriots tight ends coach, who additionally interviewed for the Jets offensive coordinator job on Tuesday.
“Nick’s a bright guy, and a really good football coach. He works very, very hard at it. He speaks very well. He doesn’t mince words. He lets you know how he feels,” mentioned Scarnecchia, who labored alongside Caley for 5 seasons.
“I at all times appreciated him for these qualities, and I at all times loved being round him. I want him nothing however the perfect of luck and better of success. I’m glad he’s had the alternatives to interview. I believe he’ll do very effectively within the interview course of. Cuz he is aware of soccer, he loves soccer, and he’s obsessed with it.
“You just have to see how it all plays out for him, but I’m glad he’s getting these opportunities, I really am.”