|Belichick hints that Pats won’t hire an OC or DC||02.05.10 at 4:27 pm ET|
It doesn’t appear the Patriots will be adding to their coaching staff any time soon.
Currently, the team is without an offensive and defensive coordinator: Dean Pees left after his contract expired to take a job as linebackers coach with Baltimore, while the team has been operating without an offensive coordinator since the end of the 2008 season when Josh McDaniels left to take the head coaching job in Denver.
And in an interview with Patriots.com on Friday, coach Bill Belichick seemed to indicate that the team has no interest in replacing either one of them right now, at least in title.
On the offensive side of the ball, he expressed confidence in quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien, who oversaw much of the play-calling in 2009.
“Bill O’Brien has demonstrated excellent leadership and organizational skills in our offense,” Belichick said. “He is a sharp and passionate coach. It is a good mix on that side of the ball, with Bill working with some extremely experienced coaches in Dante Scarnecchia and Ivan Fears, who have been here my entire time in New England, and some more recent additions to the staff in Chad O’Shea and Brian Ferentz.”
He also expressed excitement about working with new defensive backs coach Corwin Brown, and added that the current collection of defensive assistants is, as a group, “committed to putting a competitive defense on the field.”
“Corwin Brown is one of the high-class people in football. He was a tough, smart leader who was great to coach and those are the traits he brings to our staff,” Belichick said. “He has stepped in well with Josh Boyer, Matt Patricia, Pepper Johnson, Pat Graham and myself, and as a group we are committed to putting a competitive defense on the field. This is the best course for us to move forward in 2010.
“Titles are fine, nothing wrong with them,” Belichick said. “But the most important thing is each person’s role, that we do everything we can to help the players succeed — everyone collectively getting the job done.”
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