The New England Patriots haven’t hired a defensive coordinator, which means that Bill Belichick is going to be the one calling the plays. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who cited a source, said that the team hasn’t found a replacement for Brian Flores who left the Miami Dolphins and that it will be Belichick who is taking on more of a responsibility.
The Patriots had hired Greg Schiano to take over the job, but he retired citing that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“Calling plays is not that much more responsibility for Belichick, who has always been involved with the defense, even when Matt Patricia and Brian Flores were the coordinator,” Volin wrote. “Belichick usually coaches the defensive linemen during the game, and often told Patricia and Flores when to call blitzes.”
Belichick was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants for six years and the New York Jets for three years before signing on to become the Patriots coach.
Although this isn’t much of a change, it still might take a bit of time to get used to and could take away a bit of the time he used to spend with the offense. The good news is that the AFC East is weak once again so Belichick should have a good chance to figure out the perfect in-game routine against some poor teams.
By the time the playoffs come around, Belichick should have it all figured out as he tries to lead the Patriots to their second Super Bowl win in a row.