New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Nov 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander walks out to the field prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Three weeks into rebuilding the coaching staff, the New England Patriots have interviewed more coaches for the defensive coordinator spot than any other. Their latest interview brings the total number to five in that category.

According to SI’s Albert Breer, Pittsburgh Steelers assistant defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander has spoken to the Patriots about the job. Alexander, 39, had a five-year NFL career as a safety before getting into coaching, and has been an NFL coach for four years (the last two with the Steelers) after starting his career at the college level.


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Breer notes that while Alexander is a candidate for the job, he could also be a candidate to join the staff of another defensive coordinator. Specifically, he cites current defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington, who interviewed for the job late last week, as the “strong favorite” to be the hire.

Covington has been the lone internal candidate to interview for any of the Patriots’ coordinator jobs. Along with him and Alexander, the Patriots have spoken with Saints linebackers coach Michael Hodges, Panthers outside linebackers coach Tem Lukabu, and Broncos defensive backs coach Christian Parker. Parker was also noted by Breer to be a candidate for a positional coaching role.

  • On the offensive side of the ball the Patriots have officially spoken with Rams pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Zac Robinson, tight ends coach Nick Caley, and Bengals quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher. They’ve also interviewed three potential special teams coordinators – Marquice Williams of the Falcons, Jeremy Springer of the Rams, and Thomas McGaughey of the Giants.

    Hires league-wide are expected to pick up this week. A new rule for this year didn’t allow in-person interviews with coaches currently employed by other NFL teams until after the divisional round. With that period now having past all coaches are able to start interviewing in person.

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