The New England Patriots experienced a lot of turnover among the coaching staff this offseason. The majority of the coaches departed for the Miami Dolphins and former linebackers coach Brian Flores.
Joining Flores were wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea, assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schlupinski, and cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer. Defensive line coach Brendan Daly did not have his contract extended and joined the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots coaching staff spoke with the media on Friday and unveiled the new coaching responsibilities. Here they are:
Head coach: Bill Belichick
Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks coach: Josh McDaniels
Special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach: Joe Judge
Running backs coach: Ivan Fears
Tight ends coach: Nick Caley
Offensive line coach: Dante Scarnecchia
Defensive line coach: Bret Bielema
Inside linebackers coach: Jerod Mayo
Outside linebackers coach: DeMarcus Covington
Safeties coach: Steve Belichick
Defensive backs coach: Mike Pellegrino
Assistant special teams coordinator: Cameron Achord
So there are some big changes, with Joe Judge the biggest surprise. Judge is going to split his time between the special teams unit and the wide receivers, which suggests that the team views his versatility and capability in high regard. Cole Popovich, Mick Lombardi, and Carmen Bricillo should be the offensive coaching assistants.
Steve Belichick is the only returning defensive coach, with the others slotting in for their first season. Mayo has plenty of experience as a former player in the linebackers room, while Covington has a lot of experience with the pass rushers. Pellegrino noted he’d work with the defensive backs, but is likely going to work primarily with the cornerbacks. Brian Belichick should be a defensive coaching assistant.
What do you think about this coaching staff?