In past years, the New England Patriots have been the breeding ground and stepping stone for aspiring coaches. Get the Bellichick stamp of approval and get a head coaching position.
Some of those coaching stints have not worked out. Romeo Crennel ran out of time with the Cleveland Browns and was fired. The Browns are so taken with the Patriots mojo they have hired Eric Mangini despite his recent ouster from the NY Jets.
Charlie Weis has provided some rejuvenation for the Notre Dame Football program, but even he is embattled this year with the impatient alumni of that college. He may not get too many more years in his current employment.
The Denver Broncos have announced that they have selected Josh McDaniels as their new head coach. This is just the beginning of the exodus of assistants, as all roads lead out from New England.
We are now seeing all ranks of the Patriots coaching echelon being courted. The defensive minds of Dom Capers and Joel Collier are both being discussed as defensive coordinators for various other teams.
Unfortunately for the Patriots, the exiting coaches often woo other assistants away with them as they fill the personnel ranks of their new teams. The situation seems to leave the Patriots in a situation of rebuilding the coaching staff year in and year out.
Bill Bellichick retains his long time sidekick; assistant head coach Dante Scarnecchia, the genius behind the genius. We can be happy that this man, who has the capacity to coach anywhere, prefers the anonymity of being in Bill’s shadow.
Additionally, the Patriots retain the services of long time coaches such as, Ivan Fears (running backs) and Pepper Johnson (defensive line). Look for these guys to move up the coaching ladder again next year (and be a head coach for a different team the year after).
Brad Seely (special teams) and Mike Woicik (strength and conditioning) return in their perennial positions as well.
This is not a time for the Patriot faithful to worry, as no one fills the holes better than the Patriot organization.