After falling short of repeating as Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots made quite a few changes to both their roster and their coaching staff this offseason. The biggest off field changes were probably moving on from offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and letting linebackers coach Patrick Graham join the New York Giants.
Both moves left considerable holes in New England's coaching staff. Holes, that have already been filled as evidenced by the team officially announcing its 2016 coaching staff today. The unit looks as follows:
Head coach: Bill Belichick
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach: Josh McDaniels
Assistant quarterbacks coach: Jerry Schuplinski
Running backs coach: Ivan Fears
Wide receivers coach: Chad O'Shea
Tight ends coach: Brian Daboll
Offensive line coach: Dante Scarnecchia
Defensive coordinator: Matt Patricia
Defensive line coach: Brendan Daly
Linebackers coach: Brian Flores
Cornerbacks coach: Josh Boyer
Safeties coach: Steve Belichick
Special teams coach: Joe Judge
Assistant special teams coach: Ray Ventrone
Head strength and conditioning coach: Moses Cabrera
Assistant strength and conditioning coach: James Hardy
The major changes on the staff are Scarnecchia replacing DeGuglielmo, Flores replacing Graham and Cabrera replacing Harold Nash. All three have spent considerable time with the organization in the past and should therefore be able to acclimate to their new positions relatively easy.
Other changes to the staff include the promotions of three former coaching assistants: Bill Belichick's son Steve will now coach the safeties, while Jerry Schuplinski will serve as assistant to the quarterbacks coach and James Hardy as assistant in the strength and conditioning department.