By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots' coaching exodus continues. According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, defensive line coach Brendan Daly is expected to leave the team for a "similar position" on Andy Reid's staff at the Kansas City Chiefs.
Daly had served as the Pats' D-line coach since the 2015 season, joining the team in 2014 as a defensive assistant. He started in the NFL in 2006-08 as an assistant defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, then defensive line coach for the St. Louis Rams in 2010-11, then back to the Vikings as defensive line coach from 2012-13.
The departing Daly joins four other Patriots assistants leaving for new teams. The Miami Dolphins recently officially announced the hiring of ex-linebackers coach and defensive play-caller Brian Flores as their head coach. Joining him are ex-wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as offensive coordinator, ex-cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer as defensive pass game/cornerbacks coach, and ex-assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski in the same role.
Despite the turnover on the coaching staff, the Patriots will retain most of the same offensive coaches with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, running backs coach Ivan Fears, and tight ends coach Nick Caley. But the only remaining defensive assistant is safeties coach Steve Belichick. Former Bucs head coach Greg Schiano is reportedly expected to return to the NFL as defensive coordinator, with voids still left on the staff at linebackers, defensive line, and cornerbacks.
The Schiano hire is a bit of a departure from Bill Belichick, who often promotes from within. He does have some in-house candidates for the remaining positions. Mike Pellegrino has worked closely with the Patriots' defensive backs since 2017, while Demarcus Covington has worked with the linebackers. Former Arkansas/Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema remains on the staff as a consultant, as does Belichick's youngest son Brian as a coaching assistant.
Filling out the defensive coaching staff is just the latest challenge on Belichick's plate this offseason, including playing catch-up with the draft and sorting through 16 players from the 53-man roster for Super Bowl LIII who are set to hit free agency.
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