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Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia at Michigan pro day, who could they be looking at? 03.24.17 at 11:52 am ET
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On Thursday, Bill Belichick was at Ohio State and Matt Patricia at Notre Dame, and on Friday the two met up at Michigan for their pro day.

The pair joined a number of prominent NFL names also in attendance including Sean Payton, Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin and Todd Bowles. Also joining Belichick and Patricia are Belichick’s two sons — Steve, the safeties coach and Brian, who joined the staff this past year as a scout.

There are a few intriguing Michigan players the Patriots could be interested in.

Many have connected them to Jabrill Peppers. He played all over the field for Jim Harbaugh playing both safety and linebacker, while also playing some receiver on offense. Some believe the versatility naturally makes him a fit for New England, while others say it is just hype.

Another name to keep an eye on is tight end Jake Butt. He suffered a torn ACL late in the year, but on Friday he told the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock he will be ready to play again in mid-July, which is ahead of schedule.

New England could be interested in selecting a tight end, and they could get good value on Butt as he will likely slide down in the draft due to the injury.

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The 5 dumbest Patriots-related storylines you’ll hear before Super Bowl LI 01.26.17 at 12:50 pm ET
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Chris Hogan played college lacrosse. But you probably already knew that. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Chris Hogan played college lacrosse. But you probably already knew that. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Every year, at every Super Bowl, thousands of reporters try and justify their presence by unearthing what they believe to be fantastic new angles on each team. (Locally, it’s known as the “Did you know Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Harvard?” angle.) In truth, there’s very little new under the sun, especially for those of us who have covered the team since the start of the year. With that in mind, here’s our pick for the five Patriots-related stories that are going to be rammed down the throats of an unsuspecting American populace next week in Houston.

1. Chris Hogan played college lacrosse. A Google search of “Chris Hogan college lacrosse” turns up just over 400,000 results. The former Penn Stater scored a team-high 29 goals in his final season with the Nittany Lions. He also has two other things working in his favor: one, I’m not sure anyone loves anything as much as Bill Belichick loves lacrosse. That skill set was part of what attracted Belichick to Hogan. And two, he posted some big numbers against the Patriots when he was in Buffalo. Put it together, and you have a Belichick-type of guy.

2. Julian Edelman was a quarterback in college. Edelman’s quarterbacking career was revisited here earlier in the season when we all — albeit briefly — revisited the possibility of him going back under center as a backup because of the suspension of Tom Brady and the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo. (He did take a couple of snaps this year.)

3. Matt Patricia is a rocket scientist. This is pretty legit, and one that’s been discussed on a few occasions over the last few seasons, especially when it comes to out-of-market teams looking for info on Patricia when he’s interviewed for head coaching jobs. From our perspective, the far more intriguing storyline? His sudden career as the face of a hot new line of sweatshirts.

4. Martellus Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell have authored children’s books. With his ability to fill up a notebook, Bennett is going to be a star on the big stage in Houston anyway. But his children’s book is going to get him plenty of run with news reporters as well. Mitchell’s book club was a story soon after he was drafted; expect someone like the Today Show to track down some members between now and Super Bowl Sunday.

5. The Patriots have a lot of guys who went to Rutgers. New England’s roster has three Rutgers guys, the most of any school. For fans of high-profile college programs, it’s a puzzler: How does Belichick win with so many guys from a program that’s not a football factory?

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Is Brandon Marshall campaigning to join Patriots? 01.24.17 at 8:09 pm ET
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Brandon Marshall has played the last two seasons with the Jets. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports)

Brandon Marshall has played the last two seasons with the Jets. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports)

On Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Tuesday, wide receiver Brandon Marshall said that when it comes to credit for the success of the Patriots’ defense, not enough people mention defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

“I’m so sick and tired of everyone talking about Coach [Bill] Belichick. Yes, he is great,” Marshall said. “The reason why I’m so sick and tired of everyone talking about Coach Belichick is because they think he does everything and he’s the only one in the building that’s working. They have a defensive coordinator by the name of Matt Patricia in New England, who’s awesome. He has the best third-down defense, and it’s not because of statistics. It’s because of the creativity.”

This isn’t the first time Marshall, who has played with the Jets for the last two seasons, has said nice things about the Patriots. This past season, he appeared to briefly entertain the thought of joining New England, saying the thought of eventually coming to the Patriots is “intriguing.” The 32-year-old pass catcher, who has played for the Broncos, Dolphins, Bears and Jets, has the longest postseason drought of any active player at 167 games. He has one more season left on his deal with New York.

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Based on what took place Thursday, it appears Matt Patricia is staying in New England 01.13.17 at 10:21 am ET
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It appears Matt Patricia is staying in New England.(David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

It appears Matt Patricia is staying in New England.(David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Matt Patricia interviewed for two jobs last Saturday — the Rams and the Chargers. And on Thursday, both teams hired head coaches.

The Rams hired 30-year-old Sean McVay, while the Chargers have hired Anthony Lynn, per Adam Schefter.

McVay was the offensive coordinator in Washington, while Lynn was the Bills’ interim head coach after they fired Rex Ryan.

Connecting the dots, now that both jobs Patricia interviewed for have been filled, it seems in all likelihood he will be returning to the Patriots next season.

This was the second year Patricia has interviewed for a head coaching job as he interviewed with the Browns last year.

Meanwhile, the only job left for Josh McDaniels to take is the 49ers gig, but reportedly it is McDaniels’ preferred choice if he choices to leave New England.

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Bill Belichick on D&H praises Patriots coordinators, ‘their choice’ to take potential head coaching job 01.09.17 at 5:42 pm ET
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Bill Belichick praised his coordinators on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick praised his coordinators on Monday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe on Monday to preview Saturday’s divisional round game against the Texans and also to discuss Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia potentially taking head coaching jobs. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On Saturday, Patricia interviewed the the Rams and Chargers, while McDaniels met with the 49ers, Rams and Jaguars (Jacksonville reportedly has hired Doug Marrone).

Belichick was asked about the two and if he takes pride in having his coaches get head coaching interviews.

“It happened last year, so it’s not a novel thing,” he said. “It is what it is. They have done a good job for me and if an opportunity comes up for them that is right for them, then I hope if they want to move on that way professionally then that’s their choice.”

As for the Texans matchup on Saturday, Belichick said the team got a head start on them since they played on Saturday against the Raiders.

“Just trying to see what is going to happen in the Pittsburgh game,” he said. “We had already started on Houston because they had won Saturday night and just confirming, I mean kind of felt Pittsburgh had the upper-hand there playing at home, but you never know. Once we got to about the middle of the third quarter, we folded up all the Miami stuff and kept going on Houston.”

The Patriots will see a familiar face on the defensive side of the ball in Vince Wilfork, who played for the Patriots from 2004-14. Belichick drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft and coached him for his entire career in New England, which means he knows he special of a player and person Wilfork is.

“Vince is a really special guy,” he said. “Not only on the field, but off the field, his ability to connect with pretty much everybody — owners, coaches, players, offensive players, defensive players, you name it, [his wife] Biana. The things they did as a family and did with the entire team whether it was the D-linemen or taking the defense over to their house, having cookouts and so forth. Things like that. They were just good team-building things. Good relationship building.

“He was a big player and a good player for us. Had a lot of big plays. Had some huge plays. Sacking [Joe] Flacco on a play in the playoffs, an interception against Oakland to win the game in ’14. Things like that. He’s been a big impact on this organization.”

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Matt Patricia: ‘Very thankful’ for head coaching interviews, but already ‘flipped the page’ to Houston at 12:16 pm ET
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Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia interviewed for two head coaching jobs over the weekend.

One with the Chargers and the other with the Rams, but the 42-year-old has already moved on and has dedicated his attention to the Texans in the divisional round.

“Obviously over the weekend I was just very thankful for those opportunities. That was a great experience to go through,” Patricia said on a conference call on Monday. “I think everything right now for me is Houston. Flipped the page as soon as I can.”

This was the second straight year Patricia has interviewed for a head coaching job, as last year he interviewed with the Browns. He noted the biggest thing has been learning how other organizations work.

“For me, again, my respect to Houston is where all my attention is,” Patricia said. “I would say in general and any interview process, to me the fascinating part about all that is learning all the different organizations and how they work because they are so different. That is just kind of a general statement about the NFL.

“Sometimes as you kind of just anchor in what we do day in and day out, you never really look at that stuff on a full scale, but they are very fascinating. Very fascinating the NFL in general and the organizations and how they are operated. It’s really cool. Again, Houston is where I am at.”

There is no word on how the interviews went, but in all likelihood Patricia seems destined to return to New England in 2017.

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Devin McCourty gives Matt Patricia a ringing endorsement for his job interviews this weekend 01.04.17 at 1:50 pm ET
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Matt Patricia reportedly will interview with the Chargers and Rams this weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Matt Patricia reportedly will interview with the Chargers and Rams this weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — One thing either the Chargers or 49ers are looking for in their coaching search is someone who can re-energize their languishing programs.

While the Chargers need a spark to re-enter consideration for the 2017 AFC playoff race, the 49ers need a full overhaul just to be competitive after firing their head coach and general manager.

If energy is what either San Diego or San Francisco is looking for, then Devin McCourty thinks they should look at Matt Patricia very closely this weekend.

“I would just say for us he’s been great,” McCourty said. “I don’t know anything about what it will be or how, but I think for us as players getting the opportunity to play under him has been great. Just his energy, his drive to be perfect, to get everything right for us. I think how much he cares about the defense and about the guys in that room I think really gets guys going and you have a great appreciation for what he’s doing and what he’s trying to do.

“I mean the time he spends here, the little things he does for us I think as a defense sticks out. I think that’s the first thing new guys, rookies, young guys, you learn as soon as you play under him, is really how much he cares and how much he wants to get better as a group. I think this year showed that he put a lot into it and it’s worked out well for us as a defense with him at the top leading us. We’ve just got to continue to do the things that we’ve been doing and listen to him.”

The 42-year-old Patricia, who has never held a head coaching job at any level, reportedly has already agreed to talk with the Chargers and 49ers this weekend about their job openings. Patricia has been the defensive coordinator in New England since 2012.

McCourty also gave credit to Patricia – at least indirectly – for helping to keep the defensive unit together and on the same page in the wake of several issues that cropped up over the season, including the trade of Jamie Collins and the benching of Jabaal Sheard.
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