On Thursday, the New England Patriots announced more details about their 2012 coaching staff under the direction of head coach Bill Belichick.
For the first time since 2010, the Patriots will operate (officially) with a defensive coordinator, as they named Matt Patricia as the new head of the defense. Patricia, who has served as the team's linebacker coach and the safety's coach last season, has been calling the majority of the defensive plays for the past few seasons.
The team also announced that longtime defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Patrick Graham will switch positions in 2012. Johnson, who has been coaching the Patriots' defensive line since 2004, won't be totally unfamiliar with his new position. Before that however, he coached their inside linebackers from 2001 to 2003. Graham, meanwhile will be coaching the big men up front for the first time since 2006, when he was the Richmond Spiders defensive line coach.
Brian Flores was named safeties coach and Josh Boyer was promoted to cornerbacks coach. Flores served as a defensive assistant last season, while Boyer has been working with the defensive backs since 2009, when he joined the staff.
In the midst of tight end coach Brian Ferentz's departure, the team decided to promote George Godsey to fill his place. Godsey was an offensive assistant for the Patriots in 2011.
As for the new additions to the staff, the Patriots have hired Joe Judge as a special teams assistant and Steve Belichick, son of Bill Belichick, as a coaching assistant. Judge worked on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama as a football analyst. Belichick, meanwhile is a first time coach after playing lacrosse and one year of football at Rutgers.
Check Out The Full Run-Down Of The Patriots 2012 Coaching Staff, After The Jump!
2012 New England Patriots Coaching Staff
Bill Belichick- Head Coach
Dante Scarnecchia- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
Josh McDaniels- Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Matt Patricia- Defensive Coordinator
Scott O'Brien- Special Teams Coordinator
Pepper Johnson- Linebackers
Josh Boyer- Cornerbacks
Ivan Fears- Running Backs
Patrick Graham- Defensive Line
Brian Flores- Safeties
Chad O'Shea- Wide Receivers
George Godsey- Tight Ends
Harold Nash- Strength and Conditioning
Moses Cabrera- Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Steve Belichick- Coaching Assistant
Joe Judge- Special Teams Assistant