According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Patriots safeties/secondary coach Corwin Brown will not be returning to the team:
Corwin Brown, who was hired as New England Patriots secondary coach on Jan. 29, 2010, will not be returning to the team in 2011, according to a league source.
The hiring of Brown, who had played eight years in the NFL, was Bill Belichick's most notable addition to his staff last year. Brown's presence gave the team two coaches to work with the secondary -- Brown and defensive backs coach Josh Boyer.
I'm not exactly sure why Brown won't be back after just one season, but it comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Last offseason, Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather expressed gratitude in having Brown as his safeties coach:
"I think he'll be extremely important. It's the first safety coach I've ever had. I sat down and talked to him about five times and every time I talk to him, I'm intrigued by how much he knows. So it's going to be good to actually have somebody I can actually communicate with who actually has played the position and knows what I'm looking at."
While Brandon Meriweather's play might have dipped from 2009 to 2010, we saw a lot of improvements from Pat Chung and James Sanders this season. We also saw Sergio Brown, an undrafted free agent, come in and make some plays. With the overall solid play from the safety position, I wonder if Brown has received a job offer elsewhere that he will be taking.