NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is still not happy with New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for wearing a shirt that depicted Goodell with a clown nose while getting off of a plane that brought the Patriots back from the Super Bowl, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
The shirt, which was sold by Barstool Sports, was banned from Super Bowl week activities by the league office. Goodell said he knew nothing about the decision to ban the attire at the time.
As silly as this sounds, this could have an adverse effect on Patricia moving forward.
The NFL has a say in determining which coaches teams should and should not hire, so if another ball club is interested in Patricia for a head coaching position, Goodell’s rumored beef with Patricia could prevent him from getting the job.
Back in February, it was reported that Patricia’s choice of clothing “ticked some people off” in the league office.
As Florio points out, this could be an advantage for New England, as it could result in Patricia remaining with the Patriots’ organization and potentially becoming the successor to Bill Belichick when Belichick ultimately decides to hang it up.
Patricia has been with New England since 2004.
He originally started as an offensive assistant and was then promoted to assistant offensive line coach in 2005. Patricia was then named linebackers coach in 2006 and remained in that position through 2010.
In 2011, he became the safeties coach, and New England was so impressed with his work with the defense that it made him its defensive coordinator in 2012.