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Patriots Offered Caley OC Job Before Hiring Van Pelt

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February 28, 2024 at 4:13 pm ET

Patriots Offered Caley OC Job Before Hiring Van Pelt(PHOTO: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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One interesting bit of news on Wednesday is the fact that it appears that former Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley was the guy they ultimately wanted to hire as their offensive coordinator.

According to NBC Sports Boston’s Albert Breer, Caley was brought in for two interviews, with the club then making him an offer but it sounds like the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.

“Caley traveled to New England for a second interview with the Patriots, whom he worked for from 2015–22, over the weekend of the conference title games, and was offered the Patriots offensive coordinator job by his old staffmate Jerod Mayo,” said Breer via A2ZSports.com’s Sophie Weller. “And he was offered it at a very competitive salary, which reflected the respect Mayo has for him.”

“It was tough to say no. But Caley had such a good experience last year with the Rams, that the idea of leaving was more difficult than turning down a coordinator job. So he stayed, and McVay, as I’ve heard the story, was ecstatic that he did (and McVay showed that emphatically on the phone with Caley when he was told he was staying).”

“In turn, the Rams have since made it worth his while by giving him the pass-game coordinator title that Robinson left behind when he decided to go run his own offense in Atlanta under Morris.”

The club then pivoted and hired Alex Van Pelt along with bringing in Ben McAdoo, with both now being the two guys who will hopefully navigate them through this next rebuild to their offensive system.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The above appeared in a recent notebook column here.)

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