If any New England Patriots player could select the team's next special teams coordinator, it'd be Matthew Slater.
The 12-year-veteran has made eight Pro Bowls as New England's long-time special teams ace and had Joe Judge as his special teams coordinator for the past five seasons.
Judge now is head coach of the New York Giants, though, which means the Patriots need a new special teams coordinator for the first time since 2014.
Slater, who's a pending unrestricted free agent but wants to re-sign with the Patriots in 2020, apparently has a name in mind: special teams assistant Cameron Achord.
"Assuming that’s the direction (head coach) Bill (Belichick) wants to go, I’m really confident in Cam,” Slater recently told The Athletic's Jeff Howe. “He is a bright young coach who really relates well to the players but has the players’ respect.
"I think he did a great job this year. He had some added responsibility. I think he did a great job of handling it. Conceptually, he understands how the team wants to play. He understands the skill sets the players have and putting them in position to have success. He did a good job of learning from Joe and Bill. I think he is equipped to do the job if his number gets called."
That's a pretty strong vote of confidence for Achord, who came to the Patriots as a relative unknown from Southwest Mississippi Community College in 2018.
New England reportedly has also considered re-hiring Scott O'Brien, who preceded Judge as the Patriots' special teams coach from 2009 to 2014. But Achord seems like the in-house favorite at the moment, and an endorsement from New England's resident special teams captain should help his cause.