Patriots Reportedly Not Replacing Matt Patricia
Wondering who will be the new defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots? Apparently nobody.
NFL columnist Chris Robinson of Yahoo! Sports says two league sources informed him the Patriots are planning to go into the 2018/2019 season without a defensive coordinator.
Something they've actually done before.
Back in 2010 when Dean Pees left, the team went without a defensive coordinator...and didn't give the position to Matt Patricia officially until 2012.
As Robinson points out in his column, the move mirrors the one from 8 years ago when they took their time grooming Patricia for the role (and that clearly worked out well for everyone).
For the upcoming season the plan seems to be to give primary defensive play-calling duties to linebackers coach Brian Flores.
Flores has been coaching the Patriots' linebackers since 2016 and though there is clearly trust in his play calling, the team doesn't seem to be ready for the full on title change just yet.
Matt Patricia went from being the team's safety coach to defensive coordinator. After six seasons in that role, Patricia will now coach his own team, the Detroit Lions