Three New England Patriots
coaches have interviewed for head-coaching positions around the league. This comes after the Patriots' divisional farewell round match-up with the Titans
Coaches in Question
The coaches in question include defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores, the linebackers coach. This is the uncertainty that has gripped Gillette Stadium
; these are after all the most important coaches of the team.
In the NFL, Patricia is the most prominent candidate for head coaching and he is most likely to head to the Lions or the Giants
. According to reports, Flores is being considered for the Arizona
opening. On the other hand, McDaniels is apparently a finalist in Indianapolis. In this respect, there is a high possibility that these important Patriots' coaches will not be coming back for another season. Could this affect Patriots odds for next season? Notably, this is not the first time for Patriots to lose two coordinators at the same time. After the 2004 season, both Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weiss left, they joined Cleveland Browns
and Notre Dame respectively.
Despite the challenge however, Patriots stayed true and continued making the playoffs. In 2005 though, they took a beating after losing a postseason game. It would take them not less than a decade to win another Super Bowl. Coordinator continuity has therefore been pivotal over the last few years. With head coach Bill Belichick working to ensure a seamless flow in this regard. Patricia has been with the team since 2004, he rose to become defensive coordinator in 2012. In 18 years, only four men have occupied this position under head coach Belichick's tenure. McDaniels has been the offensive coordinator for nine years and only three people have occupied the position under Belichick.
Flores has served in various capacities at the team since 2004. From defensive assistant to scout and safeties coach, he became the linebackers coach in 2017. This position is mainly seen to precede the assumption of the defense coordinator role. Remember that Patricia also served as the linebackers coach before replacing Dean Pees. According to Devin McCourty, the defensive captain, being part of the entire team is great. He adds that many players do not realize how much the teamwork helps. Losing McDaniels was a bigger possibility from the onset. Losing Patricia was another likelihood. However, losing Flores removes a possible replacement for Patricia; throwing a spanner into the works.
If Flores and Patricia leave, a suitable candidate would be Greg Schiano. For the last two seasons, Schiano has been the defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Schiano is also the former head coach for Buccaneers
and Rutgers. Coach Belichick is impressed by the work Schiano did at Rutgers. There is no obvious replacement for McDaniels if he leaves. However, Brian Daboll could be a good consideration. Daboll spent four seasons with the New England Patriots
as a tight end coach, before becoming Alabama's offensive coordinator. In fact, Daboll just won a championship in his opening season. According to McCourty, players can only take advantage of each year because there is no guarantee that the team will remain intact.