Raiders News: Bill Belichick blocked assistant coach from interviewing
It’s no secret that the Las Vegas Raiders tried to rip Bill Belichick’s brains out and create their own version of “the Patriot way” this offseason.
After hiring Josh McDaniels as head coach, Mick Lombardi as offensive coordinator and Carmen Bricillo as offensive line coach, the bond between New England and Las Vegas is strong. Even new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and a handful of front office executives like general manager Dave Ziegler spent time working for Belichick and the Pats.
However, ‘The Hoodie’ wasn’t going to let everyone out the door as he blocked coach Nick Caley from interviewing the Raiders, according to Sports Illustrated Albert Breer.
The role of tight ends coach Nick Caley seems to be a bit of an evolving one. I expect him to have more responsibility in 22. The Patriots stopped Caley from talking to the Raiders, and his role in New England this fall could dictate whether he stays put or goes to Las Vegas in 23.
The NFL bars teams from preventing its assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator positions, but “lateral” moves can be prevented, so McDaniels was likely looking to tap Caley for a role similar to his current position. But, it looks like Breer thinks the door is open for him to hit the desert next offseason.
Caley is also a John Carroll alum and has been coaching the Patriots since 2015, which means the bond between him and McDaniels is probably quite strong.