Bret Bielema is officially back in coaching. The former Arkansas head coach has landed a job with the New England Patriots. He's a "consultant" to head coach Bill Belichick.
The former college football head coach was spotted traveling the country, scouting players at pro days, during the offseason, but it was unclear if this was going to be a full-time thing or just a part time activity.
It's a full-time thing and the early reviews for Bielema are good.
ESPN.com reports that Bielema is a big hit with many of the Patriots players. A couple of them played for Bielema in college and have spoken highly of him.
"He taught physical and mental toughness, and that’s one thing that really stood out with him; it was one of his most important things in how he wanted us to conduct ourselves as Razorbacks. It translated to my game, and it translated over to now, because it’s the same concept with the Patriots. Now that he’s here, it’s nice to have someone you know from college and who can help you out. He’s learning the defense, and I’m still learning the defense, and that’s cool, especially because he’s watched me from when I was really young," former Arkansas star Deatrich Wise Jr. said.
Bielema has said that he was strongly considering jumping into a media job, but this opportunity with the Patriots was too good to pass up.