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Bill Belichick’s son promoted to Patriots safeties coach

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There’s no doubt that what you know is crucial to being a successful NFL coach, but who you know can be pretty important when it comes to getting a chance to be on an NFL staff in the first place.

If your last name is Belichick, for example, your chances of an entry level position with the Patriots are better than they might be with a different surname. Steve Belichick went from being the long snapper at Rutgers to a coaching assistant job on his father’s staff in New England in 2012 and his trip up the ladder continued on Friday.

The Patriots announced their coaching staff for the 2016 season and the younger Belichick has been named the team’s safeties coach. Their previous safeties coach Brian Flores will now be the linebackers coach with Patrick Graham leaving the team for a job with the Giants earlier in the offseason.

In addition to the previously known return of Dante Scarnecchia as offensive line coach and Moses Cabrera’s move to strength and conditioning coach, the other changes are the move from coaching assistant to assistant quarterbacks coach for Jerry Schuplinski and the hiring of James Hardy as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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43 Responses to “Bill Belichick’s son promoted to Patriots safeties coach”
  1. Unchained81 says: Mar 18, 2016 2:33 PM

    Very cool.

  2. grabgrabgrab says: Mar 18, 2016 2:33 PM

    What’s that N word again? Nepotism?

  3. firerogergoodell says: Mar 18, 2016 2:34 PM

    Not a big fan of nepotism in the NFL but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t welcome Belichick’s son on my team’s coaching staff.

  4. davebarnes21 says: Mar 18, 2016 2:37 PM

    When it comes to the Patriots the only word that applies is

    WINNING!!!

    Thats all they do!

  5. kurdishpats1 says: Mar 18, 2016 2:38 PM

    Long live Belichicks!!

  6. steamingpilerex says: Mar 18, 2016 2:39 PM

    Wonderful…another Bilicheat

  7. tattooit says: Mar 18, 2016 2:41 PM

    Prepare for 3 more decades of Darkside rule.

  8. inbillwetrust2015 says: Mar 18, 2016 2:42 PM

    bill polian gave it the office

  9. badmude says: Mar 18, 2016 2:43 PM

    So is cheating genetic? Or a trait taught by his father? A nice experiment.

  10. oldhuskerfan says: Mar 18, 2016 2:51 PM

    To all the commenters crying cheating. If this was NASCAR or your favorite football team and they played at the edge of the rules and won, you’d be cheering loudly and defending them. I wish my team could be this successful, but I’m not wasting any jealousy on the Pats for their success.

  11. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 18, 2016 2:54 PM

    Love this move.

    Can’t hurt having the greatest ever coach seed as one of the assistants.

  12. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Mar 18, 2016 3:00 PM

    “Now son, be sure to keep these mini-binoculars hidden…. If you get caught, your own your own…”

  13. weepingjebus says: Mar 18, 2016 3:01 PM

    Soon Brady’s sons will be lighting it up on the field, and the haters will realize they might face another entire generation’s worth of this. But maybe their own kids can someday take over “Dahh, what about his phone?” posting duties for them.

  14. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 18, 2016 3:04 PM

    I must say, I’d rather be a Patriots fan, with their coach bringing his son on board than a Bills fan, with their coach bringing his brother on board.

  15. craze32 says: Mar 18, 2016 3:08 PM

    bill learned from his dad how to scout and coach and breakdown film im sure bill has done the same with his son steve bills favorite thing is football history and coaching it seems the apple hasnt fallen too far from the tree

  16. trailerparkking says: Mar 18, 2016 3:13 PM

    I’m more surprised he was able to find a woman to mate with. Money goes a long way…

  17. jetsfan136 says: Mar 18, 2016 3:15 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Mar 18, 2016 3:01 PM
    Soon Brady’s sons will be lighting it up on the field, and the haters will realize they might face another entire generation’s worth of this. But maybe their own kids can someday take over “Dahh, what about his phone?” posting duties for them.

    —–

    For the Jets. Tom will have to wear Jets shirts and hats while he watches…

  18. TheWizard says: Mar 18, 2016 3:21 PM

    So is cheating genetic?

    No, but stupidity is.

    Say hi to mom and dad for me.

  19. steamingpilerex says: Mar 18, 2016 3:23 PM

    Your wrong – Brady’s offspring will be layin’ out on a beach in Brazil ’cause they ain’t getting dirty! Never mind – scratch That thought! I forgot what the beaches in Brazil looked like…a Jersey landfill!

  20. kevo95 says: Mar 18, 2016 3:30 PM

    Oh my know we have to worry about 3 cheaters

  21. tedmurph says: Mar 18, 2016 3:32 PM

    What’s wrong with nepotism? There are plenty of legit NFL coaches that are sons of NFL coaches. The Ryans, Schulas, Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips, Mora, etc. Train under their fathers and move on to other organizations when they make their bones.

  22. Irsay's Bong says: Mar 18, 2016 3:33 PM

    Love the troll comments, while your crossing your fingers and praying some day your team will be coached by a Belichick.

  23. hehateme2 says: Mar 18, 2016 3:33 PM

    I guess the cheating mentality started early with this one…

  24. Aybtcr475 says: Mar 18, 2016 3:36 PM

    Should have promoted the deflator or dorito dink.

  25. weepingjebus says: Mar 18, 2016 3:36 PM

    Brady’s kids won’t play for the Jets because they’ll be the Mexico City Aviones by then.

  26. gysot says: Mar 18, 2016 3:37 PM

    Just think of the advancements in spy cam technology that belicheat jr will have…what wonderful times we live in.

  27. ebdug says: Mar 18, 2016 3:44 PM

    You know the league is going downhill when they start adding more Belichicks to the coaching ranks.

  28. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Mar 18, 2016 4:00 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Mar 18, 2016 3:32 PM

    What’s wrong with nepotism? There are plenty of legit NFL coaches that are sons of NFL coaches. The Ryans, Schulas, Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips, Mora, etc. Train under their fathers and move on to other organizations when they make their bones.

    ———

    what is the next generation of Harbaughs going to be like?

  29. nflsucker says: Mar 18, 2016 4:04 PM

    Adding family members to a coaching staff is a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
    Signed, Rex Ryan

  30. psubeerman21 says: Mar 18, 2016 4:04 PM

    Is he also abrasive and wears stupid hoodies

  31. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 18, 2016 4:18 PM

    As much you want to say Nepotism, I doubt Belichick would ever put family over a football personnel when it comes to executive decisions. No one is a above his system, not even his son.

  32. catquick says: Mar 18, 2016 4:38 PM

    Daddy?……..what does a safety do?
    Never mind son, just follow nice Mr. Kraft over there into that vault.

  33. rjbell4 says: Mar 18, 2016 5:07 PM

    Jerry Schuplinski must have an interesting job. “Yeah, Brady, um … just keep doing the same thing …”:)

  34. dexx57 says: Mar 18, 2016 7:51 PM

    Wow, huge nepotism

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 18, 2016 7:55 PM

    What’s wrong with nepotism? There are plenty of legit NFL coaches that are sons of NFL coaches. The Ryans, Schulas, Schottenheimer, Wade Phillips, Mora, etc. Train under their fathers and move on to other organizations when they make their bones.

    Funny you choose this topic to recognize Wade Phillips. You know Ted Big Boaster the Wade Phillips you said the Pats owned yet you watched his team toss Brady Round like a soiled piece of to.

  36. savior72 says: Mar 18, 2016 8:50 PM

    Next weeks headline: “Bill Belichick’s wife to head player morale position.”

  37. flaccounibrow says: Mar 18, 2016 10:46 PM

    Good hire! He’s probably already well versed in cheating! It’s in his genes…

  38. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 19, 2016 1:50 PM

    Belichick. Making trolls melt down for generations to come.

  39. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 19, 2016 2:05 PM

    The demon seed will continue the Beelzebub lineage.

  40. birdman3333 says: Mar 20, 2016 1:57 PM

    Very come in the NFL. Look at Indiana’s VP of operations Jimmy Rae. Father like son.

  41. fanboyarmy says: Mar 20, 2016 6:58 PM

    All of Brady’s kids have life time contracts with the Pats, employment to commence when they turn 18.

  42. spammerscrammer says: Mar 21, 2016 11:25 PM

    Of course he got the entry level job because of his last name. But now that he is directly associated with a group of players on the field, the pressure is on little Belichick.
    If the safeties, play well it means that the apple does not fall from the tree.
    If they start getting victimized by long touchdown passes, then everyone will know that little Bill always sucked, but nepotism rules the day.
    I say give the kid a shot. If he turns out to be no good, I am sure that Papa Belichick will find him a job in college football where he won’t be able to mess up his legacy.

  43. ibillwt says: Mar 23, 2016 11:46 PM

    Like Coach told the boy’s Mom, Randy Moss, and everyone else “we all understand this is a performance based business.” Be good or be gone son.

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