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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Following Dante Scarnecchia’s retirement following the 2019 season, the Patriots used two offensive line coaches in 2020. In 2021, the spot will be back to a one-man job.

According to Jim McBride of The Boston Globe, former offensive line coach Cole Popovich “will not be coaching with the Patriots this season.” McBride adds that Carmen Bricillo will remain as the team’s lone offensive line coach.

Popovich had been with the Patriots since 2015, and worked as a coaching assistant and assistant running backs coach before being promoted to co-offensive line coach in 2020. A the time of McBride’s announcement he was still listed on the team’s website.

Bricillo joined the Patriots in 2019 as a coaching assistant. He was promoted to co-offensive line coach a year later.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Mike Reiss is reporting Popovich “won’t be with the team in 2021 in a decision related to the COVID-19 vaccine and NFL guidelines.”

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