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Patriots’ secondary coach leaving, strength coach may follow

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Some changes are coming on the New England Patriots’ coaching staff.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that secondary coach Corwin Brown will not be back with the team. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hired Brown a year ago, and during the 2010 season Brown split the duties of coaching the secondary with defensive backs coach Josh Boyer, but apparently in 2011 Boyer will handle the secondary alone.

Meanwhile, Reiss and Todd Archer are reporting that Patriots strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik could be leaving to take a job with the Dallas Cowboys. Woicik was the Cowboys’ strength coach from 1990 to 1996 and has been with the Patriots since 2000. Having been with the most successful franchise in the NFL in each of the last two decades, he has six Super Bowl rings.

Woicik’s contract with the Patriots expired at the end of the 2010 season, so he’s now a coaching free agent. During his previous stint with the Cowboys, current Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was a backup quarterback in Dallas.

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13 Responses to “Patriots’ secondary coach leaving, strength coach may follow”
  1. rushmatic says: Feb 9, 2011 12:47 PM

    Don’t know too much about Brown, but if Meriweather’s year is any indication, get him out of here. Then again, Chung emerged, so who knows? Too bad about Woicik.

  2. mike83ri says: Feb 9, 2011 12:56 PM

    What’s the difference between a ‘secondary coach’ and a ‘defensive backs coach’?

  3. ampats says: Feb 9, 2011 1:07 PM

    The buzz on 98.5 by Zo says that possibly because of all the injuries and players on IR that maybe the Pats may move onto Harold Nash.

    I was surprised by Corwin Brown but then again, the safeties were nothing to write home about.

    Chung lost alot of his explosiveness after his injury. He was playing at close to a Pro Bowl level before he got hurt. Similar to Mayo last year.

    Since we all spend so much time at practices, I’m sure our insight is valuable.

  4. CKL says: Feb 9, 2011 1:17 PM

    Corwin Brown was a short timer…this was his only year and maybe he was just there to help develop Boyer…but losing Woicik back to the ‘Boys (or to anywhere) will hurt. He’s widely regarded as one of the best in the NFL.

    Has another coaching staff under a single head coach ever had the constant losses the Pats staff has? As far as I can recall, tho only guys still there who started with BB will be Scarnecchia, Fears and Pep Johnson and Scar has about 10 years in with the Pats before BB even got there.

    It’s a huge challenge for head coaches to have to replace their staff members over and over. It’s an underrated past of BB’s accomplishments as the HC….continuing to post winning records despite the turnover.

  5. CKL says: Feb 9, 2011 1:18 PM

    Underrated *PART*, sorry!

  6. goodjet says: Feb 9, 2011 1:21 PM

    From what I’ve been hearing the Patriots are going to be replacing strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik with Richard Simmons and I believe it’s a damn good move and definitely the right move

  7. Akula says: Feb 9, 2011 1:44 PM

    Well I hear the Jets need a new Strength coach.

  8. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Feb 9, 2011 1:47 PM

    I find this baffling. Woicik is one of the best—if not the best—strength and conditioning coaches in the NFL. If Dallas is willing to pay the man, then who is going to replace him? Belichick?

  9. 8man says: Feb 9, 2011 2:11 PM

    Yeah Woicik is that Hobbit-ish guy in sweats who roams the sidelines, chewing gum. He’s also pretty damn good at what he does. I hope they find a way to keep him.

    That being said, I think it’s obvious the Cowboys need him.

  10. tim1999 says: Feb 9, 2011 2:50 PM

    Was hoping to hear that OC Bill OBrien was going bye bye. We’re STILL waiting for OB to make some adjustments in the Jets game.

  11. mrconnors says: Feb 9, 2011 3:53 PM

    Tim1999, Bill O’Brien didn’t throw that lame duck interception to Harris on the first drive. He also didn’t drop the touchdown on the second drive that resulted in only 3 points. He also didn’t drop passes on 4th down.

    He did a terrific job this year and vastly improved. Honestly, I don’t know why so many fans of teams dump on their offensive coordinators so much. It’s absurd.

  12. kelvinmchale says: Feb 9, 2011 4:05 PM

    They’re getting Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser to replace Woicik.

  13. rushmatic says: Feb 9, 2011 6:59 PM

    @RhodeIslandPatsFan-
    Harold Nash, of course. He’s been Asst. Strength and Conditioning coach for a few years now. Solid choice from inside.

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