New England Patriots Shake Up Coaching Staff

I am of the belief that news involving AFC East rivals is New York Jets news. With that in mind, the Patriots have made some adjustments to their coaching staff according to ESPN's Tim Graham.

Quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien has called the plays the past two seasons. The Patriots officially added the coordinator title Friday.

I always kind of laugh whenever the curtain is thrown back on the mysterious Oz that is the responsibilities and titles of coaches in Foxborough.


Also Friday, the Patriots announced linebackers coach Matt Patricia was moved to safeties coach. Defensive assistant Patrick Graham has been promoted to linebackers coach. Offensive and special-teams assistant Brian Flores will assume Graham's old role.

ESPNBoston writers Mike Reiss and Mike Rodak reported head strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys this week. Woicik's contract is up. So the Patriots apparently are in the market for a new strength coach.

These are obviously pretty minor moves. The Pats have had coaches move in and out, up and down for the past decade. As long as Bill Belichick stays there, New England is going to be a threat to the recent AFC East dominance of the Jets.

(Do not look at me like that, New England fan. Yeah, your team has won the division two years in a row, but the Jets have advanced further than you in the Playoffs both times. We remember what happened in the Divisonal Playoffs. You might have a banner, but that rings pretty hollow. Your team was not the real AFC East Champion in 2010.)

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