Patriots Add Brendan Daly to Coaching Staff as Defensive Assistant

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have added another name to their coaching staff, as they announced the addition of Brendan Daly to Bill Belichick’s staff with the title of “defensive assistant coach.

The New England Patriots have added another name to their coaching staff, as they announced the addition of Brendan Daly to Bill Belichick’s staff with the title of “defensive assistant coach.”

Daly has been in coaching for seventeen years and in the NFL for eight, with his most relevant experience coming with both the Vikings and the Rams as a defensive line coach. Daly was with the Vikings between 2006 and 2008 as well as 2012-2013 and with the Rams from 2009 to 2011. He also has experience on offense from coaching stints at Maryland, Oklahoma State, and Illinois State. He has experience with tight ends, and also played the position while at Drake.

It will be interesting to see how the Patriots shuffle the coaching staff with the addition of Daly. With Pepper Johnson departed, the Patriots have a hole at linebackers coach. Patrick Graham held that spot during 2011 before switching to the defensive line. Daly will likely have a large role with the defensive line, so it will be interesting to see if Graham ends up spending more time with the linebackers. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia could also take a more active role with that position.

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