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.