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Patriots coaching tracker: News, rumors, analysis about Jerod Mayo’s staff

New Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo is in the process of building his staff.

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It’s a new era in New England. With the Patriots and long-time head coach Bill Belichick parting ways, and with Jerod Mayo taking over, the team will look different in 2024.

How different remains to be seen, though. Mayo, after all, still needs to build his coaching staff either through retaining those who already were with the Patriots last year or adding new talent from outside the organization.

Whatever he decides to do, we will have you covered: we have set up this tracker to keep you informed and up to date. Please make sure to bookmark and regularly revisit.

Which coaches have the Patriots hired?

Tyler Hughes as wide receivers coach: A familiar name will coach wide receivers for the Patriots in 2024: Hughes was an offensive assistant for the team from 2020 to 2022, before spending last season at the University of Washington as a quality control coach. Most of his coaching experience comes from the high school and lower-tier college level, with the Patriots being his only NFL stop so far. | News

Bob Bicknell as tight ends coach: A long-time assistant coach who worked both at the college and NFL level, Bicknell coached tight ends in Kansas City and Buffalo. His connection to new Patriots OC Alex Van Pelt, however, comes from their time in Cincinnati, where he worked with wide receivers. Now in New England, he will go back to working with the tight end group again. | News

Tom Quinn as special teams assistant coach: A seasoned coach to support first-time coordinator Jeremy Springer, Quinn has 33 years of coaching experience on his résumé — including 16 years in various roles with the Giants. He spent 2022 under Mike Vrabel in Tennessee, but was not retained by the Titans after Vrabel was fired. | News

Vinny DePalma as defensive coaching assistant/quality control: DePalma arrives in New England fresh out of college. The former linebacker spent six years at Boston College, appearing in 53 career games. | News

Jamael Lett as defensive coaching assistant/quality control: A former defensive back at Samford, Lett will be a first-time NFL coach in 2024. He most recently worked as special teams coordinator and defensive assistant at South Alabama (2021-22) and as special teams analyst at North Carolina (2023). | News

Coby Tippett as special teams coaching assistant/quality control: The son of Patriots Hall of Famer Andre Tippett is no stranger to coaching in New England: he already spent time with the team as a coaching assistant last training camp. Now, the former defensive back has returned in a regular role on the staff. | News

Brian McDonough as assistant strength and conditioning coach: McDonough has served as a consultant for the Patriots for more than 20 years, but has now officially been added to the staff. He will work under new head strength and conditioning coach Deron Mayo. | News

Mike McCarthy as offensive assistant: McCarthy served as the offensive line coach at Brown for the last five seasons, but will now take his talents to the NFL. The Patriots will not be his first stop: he already served in assisting roles for the Jets, Browns and Lions. | News | Analysis

Taylor Embree as running backs coach: The Patriots stay within the AFC East to hire their new running backs coach: Taylor Embree, who spent the last three seasons with the Jets, will take over the vacant position. Before his time in New York, the 35-year-old also coached in San Francisco and Kansas City. | News | Analysis

Tiquan Underwood as assistant wide receivers coach: A former NFL wide receiver who spent one season with the Patriots (and was famously cut on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI), Underwood is now set to return to the organization. After turning to coaching in 2018, including most recently as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, he will now become New England’s assistant wide receivers coach. | News | Analysis

Drew Wilkins as outside linebackers coach: The Patriots have added another coach to their defensive staff to work with the linebackers. After Dont’a Hightower was added earlier this week, Drew Wilkins — formerly of the Ravens and Giants — will join the club to work with its outside linebackers. | News | Analysis

Dont’a Hightower as inside linebackers coach: A three-time Super Bowl champion during his time with the Patriots, Hightower returns to his pro football roots in his first ever coaching role. The ex-team captain will not just unite with former teammate Jerod Mayo, but in fact succeed him as linebackers coach. | News | Analysis

Robert Kugler as offensive line coach: Kugler spent the past two seasons in Carolina assisting on the offensive line and previously held a similar role in Houston for one season. Kugler is now expected to assist Scott Peters on New England’s line. | News

Scott Peters as offensive line coach: Another former member of the Browns, Peters spent eight seasons as an active NFL player. In 2020, he began his coaching career in Cleveland as assistant offensive line coach under none other than recently-hired Patriots offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. Now, he followed Van Pelt to New England to work with the team’s O-line. | News | Analysis

T.C. McCartney as quarterbacks coach: McCartney worked as an offensive assistant and tight ends coach under new Patriots offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt in Cleveland, and will now reunite with him in New England. He also brings some QB experience to the table: the 34-year-old played the position at LSU and coached it for the Broncos in 2019. | News | Analysis

Ben McAdoo as senior offensive assistant: A one-time head coach of the Giants, McAdoo offers plenty of experience on the offensive side of the ball — having worked with quarterbacks, tight ends, offensive line, and as a coordinator. He spent 2022 in Carolina, but was out of the league for the 2023 season. Now, he returns. News | Analysis

Jerry Montgomery as defensive line coach: Even though he is only 44 years old, Montgomery has had an eventful coaching career so far. He spent the last nine seasons in Green Bay, where he worked as defensive line coach and running game coordinator in his most recent role. Now, he will join DeMarcus Covington’s new defensive coaching staff and take over his old job coaching the D-line. | News | Analysis | Profile

Alex Van Pelt as offensive coordinator: A long-time quarterbacks coach, the 53-year-old Van Pelt also brings experience as an offensive coordinator to New England. He spent the last four years as the Browns’ OC, but was let go following their 45-14 wild card playoff loss to the Texans in January. Less than a month later, he has found a new job. | News | Analysis | Profile

Jeremy Springer as special teams coordinator: The Patriots kicking game will be led by a new voice under Jerod Mayo, as Rams assistant Jeremy Springer will take over as coordinator. He spent his first two seasons in the NFL coaching special teams out in Los Angeles for the Rams, but coached special teams for eight years at the collegiate level. | News | Analysis | Profile

DeMarcus Covington as defensive coordinator: The Patriots will stay in-house in their search for a defensive coordinator. Covington, who has worked as defensive line coach for the last four years, will get the promotion and become New England’s first official DC since the 2017 season. | News | Analysis | Profile


Which coaches will stay with the Patriots?

Jerod Mayo will be back with the Patriots in 2024, as will be DeMarcus Covington. The two will hold different roles within the operation, however: Mayo will be head coach with Covington serving as defensive coordinator. Beyond those two, the following coaches will be back — either in the same roles they previously held, or in different ones as well.

Evan Rothstein, TBD: Rothstein joined the Patriots in 2021 alongside his former boss in Detroit, Matt Patricia. He started out in a research and analysis role before becoming a coaching assistant the following year and eventually working as assistant quarterbacks coach under Bill O’Brien. | News

Troy Brown, TBD: The Patriots Hall of Famer was reportedly offered an opportunity to stay with the Patriots, and will indeed remain a part of the new-look staff. Brown joined the organization as running backs coach and kick returners coach in 2020, and began coaching wide receivers in 2021. | News

Mike Pellegrino, cornerbacks coach: The 30-year-old is a young up-and-comer in NFL coaching circles, but for now he will remain with the Patriots. Pellegrino first joined the team in 2015 and has been coaching cornerbacks since the 2019 season. | News

Brian Belichick, safeties coach: Despite both his father and brother leaving the team, the youngest of the Belichick siblings will stay in New England. Brian, who has been with the club since 2016 — including the last four years as safeties coach — will be back in his previous role. | News | Analysis

Joe Kim, director of skill development: Kim, who entered the NFL ranks on Bill Belichick’s Browns staff in 1992, has spent the past six seasons in New England while applying techniques from martial arts to pass rush. The Super Bowl LIII champion was promoted to director of skill development in 2020. | News


Which coaches have left the Patriots?

Besides the aforementioned Bill Belichick, who mutually parted ways with the organization after 24 seasons and six Super Bowls, the assistants listed here have also left the Patriots following the change at head coach.

Moses Cabrera, strength and conditioning coach: Cabrera has been with the Patriots since 2011, and was promoted to his recent position in 2016. He helped the team win three Super Bowls in that role, but will move on as part of the coaching staff restructure. | News

Will Lawing, tight ends coach: A longtime assistant of Bill O’Brien, Lawing joined New England’s staff with the offensive coordinator this past offseason as the team’s tight ends coach. He’ll now follow O’Brien as expected to Boston College where he’ll become the Eagles offensive coordinator. | News | Analysis

Vinnie Sunseri, running backs coach: When Sunseri joined the Patriots in 2020, he did so as a defensive assistant. The following year, he moved to offense to start working with the running backs. Now, it’s back to the roots for the 32-year-old: he will join Steve Belichick in Washington, and serve as defensive backs coach under him. | News | Analysis

Steve Belichick, linebackers coach: The Patriots’ de facto co-defensive coordinator and longest-tenured assistant coach will leave the organization after 13 seasons. He will become the official DC at the University of Washington. | News | Analysis

Joe Houston, special teams assistant: Houston arrived in New England in 2020, and spent the entirety of his four-year stint with the team serving as special teams coordinator Cam Achord’s right-hand man. Now, he is moving on: Houston will work as a special teams analyst at the University of Florida. | News | Analysis

Bill O’Brien, offensive coordinator: O’Brien returned to New England in 2023 in hopes of revitalizing the team’s offense. He couldn’t, with the unit instead slipping even further and being one of the least productive in the NFL. With Belichick now gone, he too is leaving the organization: O’Brien was originally believed to join Ohio State as offensive coordinator, but he has since taken a position as head coach at Boston College. | News | Analysis


Which coaches are the Patriots looking at?

Jerry Montgomery for defensive assistant: Another coach with ties to Eliot Wolf from Green Bay, Montgomery has been with the Packers since 2015 coaching mostly on the defensive line. Now that DeMarcus Covington has been promoted to coordinator, Montgomery could fill his void. | News

Ben McAdoo for offensive staff: McAdoo, who most recently served as the offensive coordinator of the Panthers in 2022, went 13-15 during his stint as the Giants’ head coach. Earlier in his coaching career, he overlapped with director of scouting Eliot Wolf and new OC Alex Van Pelt while with the Packers. | News

Andy Dickerson for offensive line coach: A former member of the Patriots’ operations department, Dickerson went into coaching in 2006 and never looked back. A long-time assistant with the Rams, he most recently served as run game coordinator and O-line coach in Seattle. | News

Scott Turner for offensive coordinator: The Raiders’ pass game coordinator under Josh McDaniels, Turner is an experienced offensive coach despite being only 41 years old. He also has some coordinator experience stemming from his three-year stint with the Commanders. | News | Profile

Klint Kubiak for offensive coordinator: The son of former NFL coach Gary Kubiak is currently serving as the 49ers’ passing game coordinator, making him another member of the McVay/Shanahan coaching family to be interviewed. The 36-year-old also held coordinator titles with the Vikings and Broncos before his arrival in San Francisco. | News

Luke Getsy for offensive coordinator: Getsy served as the Bears offensive coordinator the past two years but was relieved of his duties at the conclusion of this season. He previously held numerous roles on the offensive side of the football for the Packers, overlapping with Patriots director of scouting Eliot Wolf for numerous years in the process. | News | Profile

Brian Fleury for offensive coordinator: It’s hard to find someone with more experience on all sides of the football as Fleury, who has coordinated defensive and special teams units at the collegiate level before working for Kyle Shanahan’s offense the last four seasons. | News

Tanner Engstrand for offensive coordinator: Engstrand joined the Lions as an offensive assistant under Matt Patricia in 2020, and has remained with the organization ever since. He later served as tight ends coach and currently is working as Detroit’s passing game coordinator. | News

Thomas Brown for offensive coordinator: Brown is the latest Patriots offensive coordinator target with ties to the Sean McVay-led Rams. Before leaving for what will likely be a one-and-done stint in Carolina last year, he coached running backs, tight ends and served as assistant head coach in Los Angeles. | News

Jerrod Johnson for offensive coordinator: A fast riser, the 35-year-old has become a hot commodity due to his work with Texans rookie C.J. Stroud in 2023. Before joining Houston last offseason, he also spent time in San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Minnesota. | News

Gerald Alexander for defensive coordinator: Alexander has served as the assistant defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh the past two seasons. Prior to that, the former safety coached DBs in Miami under Brian Flores from 2020-21. | News

Shane Waldron for offensive coordinator: Before Waldron ultimately accepted the offensive coordinator job for the Chicago Bears, he interviewed for the New England position. It’s yet another coach interviewed who has ties to the Sean McVay tree. | News

Dan Pitcher for offensive coordinator: An assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals since 2016, Pitcher’s work with Joe Burrow led to the team giving him a lucrative extension last offseason to remain with the club. Pitcher then played a key part in backup Jake Browning’s success this season, which has him as a popular offensive coordinator candidate yet again. | News

Zac Robinson for offensive coordinator: The second Rams assistant to interview with the Patriots, Robinson — like Zac Caley before him — has ties to the organization: before climbing up the coaching ladder in L.A., he entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by New England in 2010. | News

Nick Caley for offensive coordinator: The Patriots will be interviewing a familiar face for their offensive coordinator job. Nick Caley, an assistant in New England for eight years who most prominently worked with the tight end group, will talk to the team on Monday. He spent the last year as the Rams’ tight ends coach. | News | Profile

Thomas McGaughey for special teams coordinator: A long-time special teams coach, McGaughey served as the Giants coordinator since 2018 — a stretch that spanned under three head coaches, including Patriots coach Joe Judge. | News | Profile

DeMarcus Covington for defensive coordinator: As opposed to the other coaches so far interviewed by the Patriots, Covington is an internal candidate for the defensive coordinator position. An assistant coach in New England since 2017, Covington has been working with the team’s defensive line since 2020. | News | Profile

Jeremy Springer for special teams coordinator: Springer has spent his first two seasons in the NFL coaching special teams out in Los Angeles for the Rams. But, he has plenty of experience — mainly on special teams — coaching eight years at the collegiate level. | News | Profile

Michael Hodges for defensive coordinator: A co-defensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois alongside current Patriots defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington, Hodges also made the jump to the NFL in 2017. He landed in New Orleans, where he worked as a defensive assistant, assistant linebackers coach, and, since 2020, linebackers coach. | News

Christian Parker for defensive coordinator: Despite being only 32, Parker has quite the impressive résumé. Before working as the Denver Broncos’ defensive backs coach the last three years, he spent six years at the college level and two more as a defensive quality control coach in Green Bay. | News

Marquice Williams for special teams coordinator: New England requested to interview the Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator — although Atlanta previously blocked Williams from interviewing with the Giants this offseason. The 38-year-old previously worked as a special teams assistant under Matt Patricia in Detroit for two seasons and crossed paths with the Patriots’ staff last offseason at the East-West Shrine Game. | News

Tem Lukabu for defensive coordinator: Despite being only 42, the Carolina Panthers’ outside linebackers coach is well-traveled. He also spent time with three other NFL teams (Cincinnati, San Francisco, Tampa Bay) and also, among other college gigs, worked as DC at Boston College for three years. | News | Profile


Coaching staff news and rumors tracker

Former wide receivers coach Troy Brown will reportedly remain with the team, even though his role is now filled by Tyler Hughes with Tiquan Underwood as his assistant. | Report

The Patriots have officially announced the new additions to their coaching staff:

Patriots strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera is reportedly not expected to return to the Patriots in 2024. His former assistant, Deron Mayo, is the frontrunner to take over. | Report

The Patriots are adding another coach to their offensive staff. Michael McCarthy, the offensive line coach at Brown University, will join the organization in an assistant role. | Report

Joe Kim, the Patriots’ director of skill development who works closely with the team’s pass rushers, will reportedly stay with the team. | Report

Troy Brown, who coached wide receivers for the last three seasons but whose future is uncertain, has reportedly received an opportunity to stay on board. | Report

The Patriots have a new running backs coach: according to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports, Taylor Embree will take over the vacant position. | Report

Boston College and Bill O’Brien are working to hire Patriots tight end coach Will Lawing as their offensive coordinator. | Report

Tiquan Underwood, a former Patriots wide receiver, appears to be on his way back to the organization. The team is reportedly “in the process of hiring” him as its assistant wide receivers coach. | Report

The Patriots have added another linebackers coach to the staff. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Drew Wilkins will work with New England’s outside linebackers. | Report

Mr. February is back: Dont’a Hightower will be the Patriots’ new linebackers coach. | Report

The Patriots are working on finalizing a deal to add former Panthers assistant offensive line coach Robert Kugler to their staff. | Report

Cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino will be staying on New England’s staff for 2024. | Report

Patriots assistant coach Brian Belichick is remaining with the team. | Report

Another former Browns assistant coach is headed to New England: Browns assistant offensive line coach Scott Peters will join the Patriots, presumably as their next O-line coach. | Report

New England has reportedly zeroed in on T.C. McCartney as its next quarterbacks coach. | Report

The Patriots are adding some experience to their offensive operation: Ben McAdoo, the former head coach of the Giants and Panthers offensive coordinator, will join the club as a senior offensive assistant. He is expected to work closely with new OC Alex Van Pelt. | Report

Jerry Montgomery will be the Patriots’ defensive line coach. | Report

The Patriots have made their first addition below the coordinator level: former Packers defensive line coach and running game coordinator Jerry Montgomery has been hired in a yet-to-be determined role. | Report

The Patriots interviewed former Packers defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery for a position on their defensive staff. | Report

Steve Belichick will not remain the only Patriots assistant moving to Washington: running backs coach Vinnie Sunseri will join the Huskies as their new defensive backs coach. | Report

Steve Belichick is reportedly expected to leave New England to join the staff of former Patriots assistant Jedd Fisch at the University of Washington as defensive coordinator. | Report

The Patriots are in discussions to add ex-Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to the offensive staff. | Report

Patriots assistant coaches Steve Belichick and Vinnie Sunseri are interviewing for defensive jobs on Jedd Fisch’s staff at University of Washington. | Report

New England is targeting former Seahawks and Rams assistant Andy Dickerson as its offensive line coach. | Report

The Patriots have officially announced all three of their coordinators: Alex Van Pelt (OC), DeMarcus Covington (DC) and Jeremy Springer (ST):

The Patriots are reportedly bringing in Alex Van Pelt as their new offensive coordinator. | Report

When asked about the Patriots possibly hiring Nick Caley, ESPN’s Mike Reiss said that he would not be “sold it’s going to happen right now.” | Report

Former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will not serve in that same capacity elsewhere in 2024. With the final vacancy — the Commanders’ getting filled — he officially remains on the market after the hiring cycle. | Report

New England has hired Jeremy Springer as their new special teams coach under Jerod Mayo. | Report

Thomas Brown accepted the role of pass game coordinator with the Chicago Bears, taking him out of the Patriots offensive coordinator running. | Report

Texans’ QB coach Jerrod Johnson, who interviewed for the Patriots offensive coordinator position, informed teams he will return to Houston. | Report

Former Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is in New England this week to hold an in-person interview with the Patriots for their vacant OC spot. He already held a virtual interview previously. | Report

The Patriots are planning to interview Raiders pass game coordinator Scott Turner for their OC position. | Report

49ers passing game coordinator Klint Kubiak reportedly interviewed for the Patriots’ vacant offensive coordinator position. | Report

Patriots assistant special teams coach Joe Houston is reportedly set to depart for the University of Florida. | Report

OC candidate Nick Caley is reportedly considered “well-positioned to ultimately lead the offense.” | Report

Zac Robinson, one of the offensive coordinator candidates to interview with the Patriots, has taken the same position with the Atlanta Falcons. | Report

The Patriots are reportedly set to promote DeMarcus Covington from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator. They have told the other candidates that they are not getting the job. | Report

New England plans to interview former Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy for their job. | Report

The Patriots interviewed 49ers tight end coach Brian Fleury for their offensive coordinator position. | Report

Falcons’ special teams coordinator Marquice Williams interviewed with New England before declining the position. | Report

Similar to Caley, Rams assistant special teams coach Jeremy Springer will fly in on Sunday for an in-person interview. | Report

Nick Caley is set to come to Foxboro on Sunday for an in-person interview for the Patriots’ offensive coordinator position. | Report

The Patriots reportedly plan to interview Tanner Engstrand, the Lions’ passing game coordinator. | Report

Another name has emerged as potential Patriots offensive coordinator candidates: Thomas Brown, who still remains under contract as OC in Carolina, recently interviewed with the club. | Report

The Patriots recently interviewed Texans quarterbacks coach Jerrod Johnson for their vacant offensive coordinator spot. | Report

Patriots defensive coordinator candidate Gerald Alexander will join the Raiders as their safeties coach. | Report

Dan Pitcher, who interviewed for the Patriots’ offensive coordinator position, has opted to remain in Cincinnati to take on that very same job for the Bengals. | Report

Current defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington is “a strong favorite” to land the defensive coordinate position. | Report

Steelers assistant defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander interviewed with the Patriots for their defensive coordinator position. | Report

The Patriots held an interview with Shane Waldron for their offensive coordinator position before he accepted a job with the Bears. | Report

Bengals’ QB coach Dan Pitcher has a zoom interview with the Patriots on Tuesday for their offensive coordinator position. | Report

The Raiders and Steelers will also interview Rams assistant coach Zac Robinson. | Report

Former Patriots quarterback Zac Robinson will interview with his ex-club for the vacant offensive coordinator position. He previously served as the Rams’ quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator. | Report

Nick Caley, who spent the last season as tight ends coach under Sean McVay in Los Angeles, will interview with the Patriots on Monday. He is a candidate to fill the vacant offensive coordinator position. | Report

Former Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey interviewed with the Patriots for the same job. | Report

The Patriots will interview an internal candidate for their defensive coordinator position: defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington. | Report

New England is expected to interview Rams assistant special teams coach Jeremy Springer for a similar position. | Report

The Patriots will interview Saints linebackers coach Michael Hodges for their defensive coordinator position. | Report

The Patriots are interviewing Broncos defensive backs coach Christian Parker for their defensive coordinator position on Friday. | Report

Jerod Mayo will officially have to hire a new offensive coordinator, as Bill O’Brien will leave the Patriots for Ohio State. | Report

While not a move directly impacting the Patriots’ coaching staff, the organization has reportedly hired Robyn Glaser as executive vice president of football business and senior advisor to head coach Jerod Mayo. | Report

A new voice may be “running the show” at offensive coordinator in place of current OC Bill O’Brien. | Report

The Patriots have requested to interview Falcons special teams coach Marquice Williams for their special teams position. | Report

New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo will interview Carolina outside linebackers coach Tem Lukabu for the team’s defensive coordinator position. | Report

Assistant coaches Steve and Brian Belichick have reportedly been offered to stay with the club after their father’s departure. | Report

The Patriots have announced that Jerod Mayo will succeed Bill Belichick and become the 14th non-interim head coach in franchise history. | Report

The Patriots and long-time head coach Bill Belichick have decided to mutually part ways. | Report