By: Steve Balestrieri
The New England Patriots finalized their coaching staff this week as Head Coach Bill Belichick has hired a third generation Belichick by hiring his son Steve as a coaching assistant. Steve had played both lacrosse and football at Rutgers and now he follows his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps into coaching.
But more importantly, the Patriots have finally removed the “Defensive Coordinator in-waiting” tag from Matt Patricia and named him the Defensive Coordinator. Belichick has been grooming Patricia for quite some time and he has held various positions at the defense.
Longtime Belichick and Patriots assistant Pepper Johnson will now move to be the linebackers coach, essentially switching coaching positions with Patrick Graham. Josh Boyer will coach the cornerbacks and Brian Flores will coach the safeties.
Belichick has long had a philosophy of keeping his coaches like his players, versatile and will frequently move them around to different positions to make them better more rounded coaches.
Finally George Godsey will now coach the tight ends due to Brian Ferentz’s departure and Joe Judge was hired as a Special Teams assistant after being on the staff at Alabama under Nick Saban. The coaching staff like the roster is now rounding into form quite nicely before heading into the off-season workouts.
New England Patriots Coaching Staff For 2012
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
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