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The New England Patriots' offense will look a lot different in 2020 without Tom Brady.

It will also be run by a new-look coaching staff.

Former Los Angeles Rams offensive assistant Jedd Fisch, whom the Patriots reportedly hired in January, is expected to help coach quarterbacks in New England, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported Monday.

"I’m told new assistant Jedd Fisch was hired to coach quarterbacks, and that’s where his focus has been," Breer wrote.

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Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Mick Lombardi ran the QB room last season, with Lombardi working extensively with Brady backup Jarrett Stidham.

But Lombardi's "focus has shifted to wide receivers," according to Breer, with the wide receivers coach role vacant after Joe Judge's departure this offseason.

Former Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown also could work with the wideouts, but as ESPN's Mike Reiss noted Sunday, Lombardi recently FaceTimed with a wide receiver prospect to break down film with him.

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As always, head coach Bill Belichick's assistants have somewhat ambiguous roles and titles, and the team still needs to find an offensive line coach to replace the retired Dante Scarnecchia.

 

Based on Breer's reporting, though, it appears Fisch and McDaniels will work with quarterbacks and Lombardi will coach wide receivers, with Ivan Fears and Cole Popovich coaching running backs and Nick Caley handling tight ends.

Fisch is well-suited to work with QBs: He was the Seattle Seahawks' quarterbacks coach in 2010, served as the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 and most recently was the Rams' assistant offensive coordinator. He also worked with quarterbacks during college stops at Michigan, Miami (FL) and UCLA.

The Patriots have just two signal-callers on their roster in Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer, but it's likely they take another QB in the 2020 NFL Draft.