Could Deion Branch, Troy Brown and/or Kevin Faulk join coaching staff?

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Three former Patriots players spent the spring working with the team. Former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk and receivers Troy Brown and Deion Branch helped run drills, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

It may have served as an internship or a tryout. Or both.

Bill Belichick’s staff appears to remain influx with holes to fill, so it’s possible the Patriots could hire one or more of the former players.

As Reiss points out, the Patriots will need a coach to work with the receivers when assistant Joe Judge is working with the special teams in his other role. Judge serves as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Patriots receivers not on special teams don’t stand on the sideline and watch the special teams practice. They are off to the side working on their own.

Belichick always has made room on his staff for his former players. He hired former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo as linebackers coach in March and appears to be grooming Mayo eventually to call the defensive plays.

For now, Belichick is expected to be more involved with the defense and call the plays.

The Patriots have lost two of their top defensive assistants since the end of last season with Brian Flores leaving for the head coaching job in Miami and then Flores’ replacement, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, resigning abruptly after only a few weeks. Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer followed Flores, and defensive line coach Brendan Daly went to Kansas City.

10 responses to “Could Deion Branch, Troy Brown and/or Kevin Faulk join coaching staff?

  1. Man thats cool. There is so much nepotism in the nfl universe. I get that a lit of former players become coaches, but learning the trade of teaching/coaching is a real incentive to these players who sign with the patriots. If those players can “play the patriot way” then im sure they can coach too. The patriots always sign players who ask questions. It makes sense. But, its cool. Bill takes care of the guys after he uses them up.

  2. Just goes to show that the Belichick Patriots can’t be that awful a place to work with so many former players answering the call. Also a smart move – they’re proven examples – winners of the system. And goes to show what many exPats say – playing for Belichick is an education. Note too that Pats have one of the NFL’s smallest staffs so they (and his sons) aren’t spares!

  3. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching the Patriots’ dynasty is that it doesn’t matter who’s standing on the sidelines during the games, as long as Belichick is choosing the players who are out on the field. And as long as #12 is one of the players on the field, good things are most likely going to happen. Geez, Bill could hire me to stand on the sidelines holding a clip board, and I’d probably get a call or two from an owner. In fact, aspiring coaches should pay Belichick for the exposure.

  4. Troy Brown was one of my favorite players back in his day. When you needed a first down, just chuck it to Troy near the sticks. I expect he’d be a solid WR coach.

  5. Troy is on record stating on air on NBC Sports Boston that he has turned down the opportunity to be receivers coach for the Pats multiple times.

    His reasoning was you have to put in massive hours, the position coaches only get paid 70-100k a year, and it just wasn’t worth it to him to work very hard 80-100 hours a week. He has a cushy gig during the NFL season covering the Pats and probably makes as much or almost as much doing that as he would as a coach.

    Dabble in the springtime to help out? Sure. Full time? I don’t see it with Troy.

  6. Brown is as smart as they come. 8th round pick (you read that right) who came into the league as a punt returner/ special teams guy. Didn’t become a starting receiver until he was 29 (his eighth year in the league). He logged a 1200 yd, 100 catch season at age 30, and later played defensive back (at age 33) when the Pats were depleted by injuries and picked off 3 passes. Might be my favorite NFL player of all time. No doubt he could coach and do damn good job. He figured out how to be good at everything else he was asked to do.

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