New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is in a unique position where he gets to work with his adult sons each day as members of the team's coaching staff.
Belichick's eldest son, Steve, is the outside linebackers coach. He spent the previous four seasons as the safeties coach and has nine years of experience with the team. Belichick's other son, Brian, is in his first year as the safeties coach and joined the Patriots in 2016 as a scouting assistant.
Belichick certainly enjoys being able to work with his sons and see them grow as coaches on a daily basis.
"It's a great opportunity and it's good to see them every day, good to work with them every day, but the rest of our staff, they do a great job too," Belichick said Monday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria."
"I feel like I'm very fortunate to have the coaching staff that we have here and I learn a lot from those guys. They help me in a lot of different ways. Sometimes they see things from a perspective that I don't really see. I try to listen and take input from everybody, get their views and then make the best decision I can for the team."
Among the benefits to having his sons on the coaching staff is they are perfectly willing to call out their dad when they think he's made a mistake.
"One of the good things about Stephen and Brian is that they aren't afraid to tell me when they think I've screwed something up -- which is fairly regularly," Belichick admitted.
"It's a good perspective there -- keep me in check, and that's helpful too. They work hard, they know our system. I know they haven't been on the staff, but they have been on the staff. They've been in team meetings and they've heard stuff for 21 years."
The Patriots have lost many quality coaches to rival teams in recent years. It's one of the consequences of success. Teams want a piece of the Patriots' unprecedented success over the last decades.
Belichick deserves credit for finding and developing younger coaches to replace the veterans who leave for jobs around the league. His sons are examples of that, and so is Jerod Mayo, who's done a very good job in his first season as inside linebackers coach and reportedly is "emerging as a rising star in NFL coaching circles."