The 2010 Patriots will be the first team in recent memory to go coordinator free.
The team announced Friday that they will not name a defensive coordinator, ending weeks of speculation. Bill Belichick will work more closely with the defense in the coming season. So, basically he’s the coordinator.
Cue the sports radio hysteria in Boston saying that Belichick has too much power.
“Titles are fine, nothing wrong with them,” Belichick said, “but
the most important thing is each person’s role, that we do everything
we can to help the players succeed – everyone collectively getting the
The team confirmed the hiring of Corwin Brown as a defensive assistant who will help Josh Boyer coach the team’s defensive backs. Linebackers coach Matt Patricia and defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, both rumored as candidates for the coordinator gig, will stay in their current roles.
On offense, the team will remain without a coordinator for the second straight year. Quarterbacks Bill O’Brien called most of the plays last year.
“Bill O’Brien has demonstrated excellent leadership and organizational skills in our offense,” Belichick said.
It’s possible that the Patriots could tinker with the staff, but it essentially looks set. And there’s no doubting who’s in charge.