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New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 05: Linebackers coach Jerod Mayo looks on during the game against the Washington Commanders at Gillette Stadium on November 05, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

After weeks of reports of various hirings, the New England Patriots formally announced the new members of their 2024 coaching staff on Monday.

With Monday’s announcement, the picture of the coaching staff is filled out. Pending any late, lower-level additions, here’s what the group looks like under head coach Jerod Mayo.

Offensive staff:

Offensive coordinator: Alex Van Pelt

Quarterbacks: T.C. McCartney

Running backs coach: Taylor Embree

Wide receivers coach: Tyler Hughes

Assistant wide receivers coach: Tiquan Underwood

Tight ends coach: Bob Bicknell

Offensive line coach: Scott Peters

Assistant offensive line coach: Robert Kugler

Senior offensive assistant: Ben McAdoo

Offensive assistant: Michael McCarthy

Defensive staff:

Defensive coordinator: DeMarcus Covington*

Defensive line coach: Jerry Montgomery

Inside linebackers coach: Dont’a Hightower

Outside linebackers coach: Drew Wilkins

Cornerbacks coach: Mike Pellegrino*

Safeties coach: Brian Belichick*

Defensive assistant: Vinny DePalma

Defensive assistant: Jamael Lett

Special teams staff:

Special teams coordinator: Jeremy Springer

Assistant special teams coach: Tom Quinn

Assistant special teams coach: Coby Tippett

Strength & conditioning staff:

Strength & conditioning coach: Deron Mayo*

Assistant strength & conditioning coach: Brian McDonough

*Returning from 2023 staff

Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo addresses media with owner Robert Kraft (not pictured) at a press conference at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 17, 2024; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo addresses media with owner Robert Kraft (not pictured) at a press conference at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Coaches previously reported to be returning weren’t included in the release. That group is made up of cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino, safeties coach Brian Belichick, and strength and conditioning coach Deron Mayo.

Now that the full coaching roster has finally been made official, here are some big picture takeaways on the Patriots’ 2024 coaching staff…

  • Number of coaches

    Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New England Patriots defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New England Patriots defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    The first thing that stands out about this staff is simply the number of coaches on it. Last year the Patriots had 17 coaches titled at assistant positional coach or higher. This year, that number is 21 (with potentially more on the way).

    As ESPN’s Mike Reiss pointed out over the weekend, under Bill Belichick the Patriots tended to have among the NFL’s smallest coaching staffs “partly because [Belichick] wanted to ensure there were no mixed messages.” However, the number is bigger as Mayo takes over because, according to Reiss, “the desire to integrate ideas and perspectives from those who have coached elsewhere — and is also perhaps a nod to how rare Belichick was in terms of having the knack to handle so many responsibilities himself.”

  • Age

    Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt during OTA workouts on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Berea. (Phil Masturzo/USA Today Network)

    Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt during OTA workouts on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Berea. (Phil Masturzo/USA Today Network)

    Based on their early interviews, it seemed like the Patriots’ coaching staff was going to trend on the younger side this year. In the end the group is only slightly younger than the 2023 staff, and more staggered in age.

    The average age of the Patriots’ 2023 coaching staff was 37.3 years old. However, 71-year-old Belichick skewed that number a bit, and the average age of all the assistants was actually 37.3. As things stand now, this year’s average age of the Patriots’ coaches is 36.6 years old (37-year-0ld head coach Jerod Mayo only moves the number by a small fraction).

    Last year, the Patriots had two coaches in their 50s, three in their 40s, and just one in his 20s. For their 2024 staff the Patriots will have three coaches in their 50s, four in their 40s, and two in their 20s. Everybody else is in their 30s.

  • Remaining questions

    Aug 2, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receivers/kickoff returners coach Troy Brown works with the receiving core at training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 2, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receivers/kickoff returners coach Troy Brown works with the receiving core at training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    This announcement leaves the status of two of last year’s coaches up in the air – Troy Brown and Joe Judge. Both of their previous jobs were filled, suggesting the team is moving on from both without any sort of official announcement. If either does return (it was recently reported that the team extended Brown, the now-former wide receivers coach, an opportunity to do so), it would most likely be in a new role.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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