Patriots To Retain ST Coach Joe Judge

Josh McDaniels is staying put in New England, and so is Joe Judge. The Patriots have struck a deal to retain their special teams coordinator, tweets Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. Joe Judge (Vertical)

The Colts had been trying to pry Judge away from the Patriots, but now that McDaniels has rejected Indianapolis’ head coaching offer, Judge will remain in New England. There was also some thought that another former Pats coordinator — new Lions head coach Matt Patriciacould lure Judge to Detroit, but that won’t be happening, either.

Judge, 36, was promoted from assistant special teams coach to the primary role following Scott O’Brien‘s 2015 retirement. New England’s special teams unit, always one of the league’s best under Bill Belichick & Co., hasn’t skipped a beat with Judge in charge, as the club has ranked among the top-eight clubs in ST DVOA since 2015. In 2017, the Patriots’ special teams posted their best year yet under Judge by finishing third in DVOA.

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