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A Banner Day for Awesome Stories About the Patriots Coaches

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I'd like to highlight a few fantastic articles on Patriots coaches from some of Boston's best writers.

1) MassLive's Kevin Duffy on Matt Patricia's life before football

Jim Ward hired Patricia to be one of eight or nine application engineers at Hoffman Air & Filtration.

"One of my favorite employees of all-time," Ward said. "I've been doing this 25 years."

Without getting too far down the engineering rabbit hole, Hoffman produced multistage centrifugal blowers, so Patricia had to A) Understand what the hell that meant and B) Sell the technology (the blowers/compressors), design the project based on plant size, bid the project, close the order, manage the order and startup the project.

Not only does Duffy offer a really brilliant piece of writer with regards to prose and presentation, the substance is what really makes this shine. Patricia has always exceeded expectations and he has the positive disposition that is rare among Bill Belichick's acolytes. We'll look back at this article as one of the best of the year.

2) NESN's Doug Kyed highlights the Next In Command if the coordinators leave

The Patriots' preseason finale likely revealed the next coordinator candidates if McDaniels or Patricia were to be hired away from the Patriots. Tight ends coach Brian Daboll, 40, called offensive plays for the Patriots in Week 4 of the 2015 preseason against the New York Giants, while linebackers coach Patrick Graham, 36, ran the defense. Daboll and Graham were called to duty because McDaniels and Patricia had already begun work on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Patriots' Week 1 opponents.

Doug drops some knowledge on the inner thoughts of the Patriots front office, including whether or not Chip Kelly would make any sense. Kyed's one of the most thoughtful writers in the biz and he's really hit the nail on the head with this article.

3) SI's Greg Bedard sits with the Texans to offer a lens on the Patriots preparation

The entire conversation about this one play takes 39 minutes, but O'Brien says that's nothing. In 2007, in preparation for the Patriots' divisional playoff game against the Jaguars, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, receivers coach Nick Caserio (now director of player personnel) and O'Brien, then a low-level offensive assistant, spent three hours designing a play. They even moved all the tables and chairs out of their meeting room and brought in a football to work through the timing and ball skills needed to run the play.

There is zero chance that Bill Belichick will ever give a journalist access to the meetings and workouts in the middle of the season; perhaps he'll allow it on a season-long piece to Michael Holley. But Bedard gets to walk through a week of the Texans preparation under head coach, and former Patriots offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien. Everything you read about the Texans will probably also apply to New England.