The New England Patriots entered the 2019 NFL season without a defensive coordinator. After Brian Flores left to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots declined to name a DC.
Most just assumed Bill Belichick took over as the primary play-caller for the defense. However, recent reports suggest a different person is calling the defensive plays: Bill Belichick’s son.
Steve Belichick received a promotion this offseason, from safeties coach to safeties/secondary coach – assuming the role after Flores left.
He’s become one of the hottest names in coaching and received hefty praise from Patriots players.
Safety Duron Harmon raved about Belichick and fellow assistant coach Jerod Mayo.
Here’s what Harmon had to say, via the Providence Journal.
“We rely on them a lot — to not only make the calls, but to get good information back to us on the sideline. They’ve been doing a tremendous job… They continue to get better. Week by week from all the way back to May to OTAs to now.”
New England boasts the No. 1 defense in the NFL – and it isn’t particularly close.
It appears a different Belichick has had a major impact, which should come as no surprise given who his father is.